A shared respite : the meaning of place for family well-being in families living with chronic illness

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title A shared respite : the meaning of place for family well-being in families living with chronic illness
Author(s) Årestedt, Liselott ; Benzein, Eva ; Persson, Carina ; Rämgård, Margareta
Date 2016
English abstract
Abstract Living with chronic illness is a family affair that involves ongoing changes and challenges in everyday life. When life changes, the environment is important for family health and well-being. The relation between a place and a family is rarely described, and therefore the aim of this study was to explore the meaning of place for family well-being in families living with chronic illness. A qualitative design was chosen. Data were collected by photovoice combined with narrative family research interviews with 10 families living with chronic illness. A phenomenological hermeneutic analysis was used to interpret the data. The results showed that the meaning of place for family well-being in families living with chronic illness can be described as ‘‘a shared respite.’’ This main theme included three subthemes: ‘‘a place for relief,’’ ‘‘a place for reflection,’’ and ‘‘a place for re-creation.’’ These results were further understood by means of the concept place security. Feeling well means having place security in these families. Through knowledge about the meaning of place for family well-being, health care personnel can stimulate families living with chronic illness to find respite in places that contribute to well-being, both in familiar and new places. Key words: Family systems nursing, place security, sense of place, family well-being, chronic illness, phenomenological
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/qhw.v11.30308 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Co-Action
Host/Issue International Journal of Qualitative studies on Health and Well-being;
Volume 11
ISSN 1748-2631
Pages 30308
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/20577 (link to this page)

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