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  • 1. Ek, K
    et al.
    Ternestedt, Britt-Marie
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Palliative Research Centre, PRC.
    Andershed, Birgitta
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Palliative Research Centre, PRC.
    Sahlberg-Blom, Eva
    Shifting life rhythms: Couples' stories about living together when one spouse has advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease2011In: Journal of Palliative Care, ISSN 0825-8597, Vol. 27, no 3, p. 189-197Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 2. Syrén, Susanne M
    et al.
    Saveman, Britt-Inger
    Benzein, Eva G
    Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of palliative care research.
    Being a family in the midst of living and dying.2006In: Journal of Palliative Care, ISSN 0825-8597, Vol. 22, no 1, p. 26-32Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study was to illuminate the way of being a family when one family member is in the midst of living and dying. A family systems frame and a life world perspective were used in interviews with five families. A qualitative analysis inspired by Giorgi revealed dialectic and dynamic processes in constant motion within and between the continua being in affinity-being in loneliness, being in power-being in helplessness, and being in continuity-being in disruption. When families were moving in the direction of being in affinity, power, and continuity, these seemed to be prerequisites for enduring their challenged life situation and for giving them a kind of repose. When the movements were in the opposite direction, existential and emotional suffering were manifested as individual embodied experiences such as depression and anxiety.

  • 3.
    Udo, Camilla
    et al.
    Mittuniversitetet.
    Danielson, Ella
    Mittuniversitetet.
    Melin Johansson, Christina
    Mittuniversitetet.
    Existential Reflections among Nurses in Surgical Care2010In: Journal of Palliative Care, ISSN 0825-8597, Vol. 26, no 3, p. 228-229Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objectives: To gain a deeper understanding of surgical nurses’ experiences of existential issues in cancer care.

    Methods: Written critical incidents were used to collect nurses’ descriptions and reflections of critical care situations involving existential issues. Individual face-to-face interviews were conducted as follow-up using semi-structured questions which were analysed with hermeneutical analysis.

    Preliminary results: The analysis showed that nurses in surgical care experience caring from different positions. Nurses either focus on the patient as a whole in the caring process or nurses focus more on medical information in the caring process. When focusing on the patient as a whole existential issues are considered to be a natural part of the caring process and nurses’ personal experiences help to enable encounters with the patients. When focusing more on the medical information in the caring process there was a transfer of responsibility to others, mainly the physicians.

    Preliminary conclusions: This study highlights that existential issues are indeed part of surgical cancer care derived from existential care situations. Nurses’ focus in the caring process differs. Nurses express different positions in caring and not all acknowledge patients’ existential issues as part of nurses’ responsibility. When lacking common strategies in the organization nurses derive existential caring strategies from personal experiences.

  • 4.
    Öhlén, Joakim
    Göteborgs universitet.
    Practical Wisdom - Competence Required to Enable Alleviation of Suffering in Palliative Care2002In: Journal of Palliative Care, ISSN 0825-8597, Vol. 18, no 4, p. 294-300Article in journal (Refereed)
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