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Swedish men and smoking: Views on screening-detected abdominal aortic aneurysm
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. Malardalen Univ, Sch Hlth Care & Social Welf, Hogskoleplan 1,Box 883, SE-72123 Vasteras, Sweden.;Uppsala Univ, Dept Publ Hlth & Caring Sci, Uppsala, Sweden..ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4302-5529
Uppsala Univ, Dept Surg Sci, Sect Vasc Surg, Uppsala, Sweden..
Uppsala Univ, Dept Surg Sci, Sect Vasc Surg, Uppsala, Sweden..
Uppsala Univ, Dept Surg Sci, Sect Vasc Surg, Uppsala, Sweden..
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2019 (English)In: Nursing and Health Sciences, ISSN 1441-0745, E-ISSN 1442-2018, Vol. 21, no 1, p. 119-125Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), most common among elderly male smokers, often show no symptoms before rupture. To facilitate better care and counselling targeted to smoking cessation for these patients, more knowledge is required about their views. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to describe the views on AAA and smoking among male smokers with screening-detected AAA. A qualitative approach with individual interviews with 16 men with screening-detected AAA was applied. Three had quit smoking by the time of the interviews. Thematic analysis was performed, and four themes emerged: (i) accepting the course of life; (ii) the elusive AAA: a disturbing experiencing or merely a minor inconvenience?; (iii) being in safe hands; and (iv) smoking as an unexpected topic of discussion. Most of the participants felt they were in "safe hands", although thoughts about death were also evoked. However, the information about smoking cessation was unexpected, and the relationship between AAA and smoking unclear. Presenting the connection between AAA and smoking in a clear manner and motivating smoking cessation in an individually-targeted way are important.

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WILEY , 2019. Vol. 21, no 1, p. 119-125
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abdominal aortic aneurysm, interview, qualitative approach, smoking cessation, systematic text condensation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-42948DOI: 10.1111/nhs.12570ISI: 000460079500016PubMedID: 30238675Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85053545735OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-42948DiVA, id: diva2:1298349
Available from: 2019-03-22 Created: 2019-03-22 Last updated: 2019-04-10Bibliographically approved

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