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Title Time Geographic Life Charting : a Computer Program for a Life-course Approach!
Author(s) Örmon, Karin ; Sunnqvist, Charlotta
Date 2015
English abstract
Introduction Life charting seems to be an increasing trend in psychiatric care, and the essential idea is that patients’ life histories are of primary interest for diagnosis, care and treatment and it can also be a helpful tool in the progress of communication. Objectives Patients with a history of suicide behavior were assessed as well as female patients with experiences of physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse in general psychiatric care, in urban areas in Sweden. Aims To create and to evaluate the life course of patients seeking general psychiatric care Method We used the Hägerstand (1985) Time Geography model, and constructed the life charts together with the patient using a computer program covering both time and geographical aspects. Manifest content analysis was used for analyzing the life charts. Results Stressful events as well as social capacities was identified across the life course and provided rich information regarding the lived lives of patients seeking general psychiatric care. The life charts have a therapeutic value due to its focus on both stressful events and capacities. The use of Time Geography life charting can also be a helpful tool in the progress of communication as well as an apparatus for identifying stressful and prosperous life periods. Conclusions A profound knowledge of the patients was illustrated and therefor preventive strategy can be formulated.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0924-9338(15)31467-X (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Elsevier
Host/Issue Abstracts of the 23rd European Congress of Psychiatry;
Volume 30
Series/Issue European Psychiatry;
ISSN 0924-9338
Pages 1917
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Psychiatry
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Note 23rd European Congress of Psychiatry, 28–31 March 2015, Vienna, Austria
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/20111 (link to this page)
Link http://www.2015.epa-congress.org/ (external link to related web page)

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