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Living With Moderate-Severe Chronic Heart Failure as a Middle-Aged Person
Mälardalens högskola.
2007 (English)In: Qualitative Health Research, ISSN 1049-7323, E-ISSN 1552-7557, Vol. 17, no 1, 4-13 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article the authors describe a study focusing on middle-aged persons living with chronic heart failure (CHF), a group with which few studies have been conducted. They used the lifeworld perspective to focus on persons' lived experiences of the phenomenon, that is, living with moderate-severe CHF as a middle-aged person. They interviewed 7 middle-aged persons (4 men, 3 women; aged 38 to 65 years) and analyzed the data obtained using a phenomenological approach. The phenomenon's essence is described as a life situation characterized by a failing body, a life constantly under threat, a rapidly changing health condition, and an altered self-image, which implies that the persons live in a changed life situation. The essence was further illuminated by three meaning constituents: an ambiguity of the body, losing track of life, and balancing life. Knowledge from this study will help caregivers understand and support patients with this debilitating condition.

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2007. Vol. 17, no 1, 4-13 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-52DOI: 10.1177/1049732306296387PubMedID: 17170239OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-52DiVA: diva2:317164
Available from: 2010-05-03 Created: 2010-05-03 Last updated: 2011-04-06Bibliographically approved

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