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Living with moderate-severe chronic heart failure as a middle-aged person
Växjö University.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0667-7111
Mälardalen University, Department of Caring and Public Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3307-6779
Mälardalen University, Department of Caring and Public Health Sciences.
2007 (English)In: Qualitative Health Research, ISSN 1049-7323, E-ISSN 1552-7557, Vol. 17, no 1, 4-13 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article the authors describe a study focusing on middle-aged persons living with chronic heart failure (CHF), a group with which few studies have been conducted. They used the lifeworld perspective to focus on persons' lived experiences of the phenomenon, that is, living with moderate-severe CHF as a middle-aged person. They interviewed 7 middle-aged persons (4 men, 3 women; aged 38 to 65 years) and analyzed the data obtained using a phenomenological approach. The phenomenon's essence is described as a life situation characterized by a failing body, a life constantly under threat, a rapidly changing health condition, and an altered self-image, which implies that the persons live in a changed life situation. The essence was further illuminated by three meaning constituents: an ambiguity of the body, losing track of life, and balancing life. Knowledge from this study will help caregivers understand and support patients with this debilitating condition.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 17, no 1, 4-13 p.
Keyword [en]
chronic heart failure, middle age, illness experience, phenomenology
National Category
Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-10730DOI: 10.1177/1049732306296387ISI: 000243072000002PubMedID: 17170239Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-33845388486OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-10730DiVA: diva2:360306
Available from: 2010-11-02 Created: 2010-11-02 Last updated: 2015-08-04Bibliographically approved
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2008 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[en]
When the body sets limits
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Växjö: Växjö University Press, 2008. 95 p.
Series
Acta Wexionensia, ISSN 1404-4307 ; 140/2008
National Category
Nursing
Research subject
vårdvetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-18065 (URN)978-91-7636-593-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2008-05-30, 10:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2013-01-25 Created: 2013-01-25 Last updated: 2015-06-29Bibliographically approved

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