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Co-creating possibilities for patients in palliative care to reach vital goals - a multiple case study of home-care nursing encounters
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. FOU nu, Sweden .
Ersta Skondal University of Coll, Sweden .
Ersta Skondal University of Coll, Sweden .
Ersta Skondal University of Coll, Sweden .
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2013 (English)In: Nursing Inquiry, ISSN 1320-7881, E-ISSN 1440-1800, Vol. 20, no 4, 341-351 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The patients home is a common setting for palliative care. This means that we need to understand current palliative care philosophy and how its goals can be realized in home-care nursing encounters (HCNEs) between the nurse, patient and patients relatives. The existing research on this topic describes both a negative and a positive perspective. There has, however, been a reliance on interview and descriptive methods in this context. The aim of this study was to explore planned HCNEs in palliative care. The design was a multiple case study based on observations. The analysis includes a descriptive and an explanation building phase. The results show that planned palliative HCNEs can be described as a process of co-creating possibilities for the patient to reach vital goals through shared knowledge in a warm and caring atmosphere, based on good caring relations. However, in some HCNEs, co-creation did not occur: Wishes and needs were discouraged or made impossible and vital goals were not reached for the patients or their relatives. Further research is needed to understand why. The co-creative process presented in this article can be seen as a concretization of the palliative care ideal of working with a person-centered approach.

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Wiley-Blackwell , 2013. Vol. 20, no 4, 341-351 p.
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case study research, home care, nurse-patient interaction, nurse-patient relationships, palliative care
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-102380DOI: 10.1111/nin.12022ISI: 000326885000007OAI: diva2:677444
Available from: 2013-12-09 Created: 2013-12-09 Last updated: 2013-12-09

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