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Temporary confusion: a fearful experience
Mälardalen University, Department of Caring and Public Health Sciences. Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. (Vård av äldre)
Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
2002 (English)In: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 1351-0126, Vol. 9, no 3, p. 339-346Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Older people admitted to hospital often develop acute temporary confusion. Earlier studies have focused on problems in providing care to the confused, causes of the confusion and the key aspects of caring. The aims of this study were to describe, from a nursing perspective, how older people experienced the phenomenon of temporary confusion and to describe the older peoples' reasoning when they described their experiences. Interviews with five older informants who had recovered from their confusional state were conducted and analysed using the phenomenological method. Two phenomena were studied, 'being temporarily confused' and 'reasoning about experiences of temporary confusion', each was found to be represented by four inter-related constituents. The phenomena can be understood as aspects of suffering and power imbalance between staff and older people.

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2002. Vol. 9, no 3, p. 339-346
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-3715DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2850.2002.00498.xScopus ID: 2-s2.0-0036615841OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-3715DiVA, id: diva2:116379
Available from: 2007-09-12 Created: 2007-09-12 Last updated: 2015-07-06Bibliographically approved

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