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To surrender in dependence of another: the relationship with the ambulance clinicians as experienced by patients
Karolinska institutet.
Örebro universitet.
Karolinska institutet.
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Health Care Sciences.
2014 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 28, no 3, 544-551 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Historically, the ambulance care has focused on acute transports and medical treatment, although ambulance care has also been reported as complex, encompassing more than just medical treatment and transports. Previous studies, on ambulance clinicians, have pointed out the importance of interpersonal caring activities complementary to the medical treatment. Those activities can be understood as taking part in the relationship between patients and ambulance clinicians, earlier described as essential and a core component of care. The aim of this study was to elucidate the meaning of the relationship with the ambulance clinicians as experienced by patients. Twenty ambulance patients were interviewed in the study. The interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed with a phenomenological hermeneutical method to grasp meanings in the patients' experiences. The regional ethical committee approved the study. In the result emerged one main theme: To surrender in dependence of another. The main theme includes four themes: Being in the hands of another, Being in a caring temporary presence, Being important while involved and Being powerless while insignificant, and the themes comprise eleven subthemes. The main theme meant to have no other option than to surrender and to put their life into the hand of another. This surrender also meant to adapt to the clinicians' views even if not shared. This is experienced as excessive care. Summarised, the patients' experiences were both positive and negative and the findings provide a complex understanding of the relationship between the patient and the ambulance clinicians. Overall, the relationship embraces the whole person without reducing the patient to be a recipient of an objectified ambulance care.

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2014. Vol. 28, no 3, 544-551 p.
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ambulance care, caring science, patients, phenomenological hermeneutic method, prehospital emergency care, professional patient relationship
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-4545DOI: 10.1111/scs.12079PubMedID: 24067194OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-4545DiVA: diva2:801308
Available from: 2015-04-09 Created: 2015-04-09 Last updated: 2015-04-09Bibliographically approved

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