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The perspectives of bereaved family members on their experiences of support in palliative care
Ersta Sköndal University College, Palliative Research Centre, PRC. Karolinska Institutet.
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Palliative Nursing, ISSN 1357-6321, E-ISSN 2052-286X, Vol. 19, no 6, 282-288 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim: To explore family members’ supportive interactions in palliative care and the emotional experiences that they associate with these interactions. Methods: Qualitative individual interviews were performed with bereaved family members recruited from an urban palliative care service in Sweden. The interviews were analysed using inductive qualitative content analysis. Results: Five categories of supportive interactions with staff members were linked with emotional consequences: informational support, supportive encounters, professional focus of staff, a supportive environment, and bereavement support. Having a dialogue with family members nurtured certainty and security, supportive encounters gave a warm and comforting feeling, and bereavement support contributed to feelings of strength. Environmental factors contributed to dignity. Conclusion: Supportive interactions with staff and within a home-like environment help to build resilience if tailored to the family member’s own needs.

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2013. Vol. 19, no 6, 282-288 p.
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Bereavement, Family, Grief, Loss, Palliative care, Social support, Interviews
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-2412DOI: 10.12968/ijpn.2013.19.6.282PubMedID: 24151739OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-2412DiVA: diva2:651281
Available from: 2013-09-25 Created: 2013-09-25 Last updated: 2016-05-27Bibliographically approved

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