Keeping the maintenance of daily life in spite of Chronic Heart Failure. A Qualitative study.

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Keeping the maintenance of daily life in spite of Chronic Heart Failure. A Qualitative study.
Author(s) Falk, Solvig ; Wahn, Anna-Karin ; Lidell, Evy
Date 2007
English abstract
Background: Patients with CHF (Chronic Heart Failure) is an increasing group in the society. They often experience increasing powerlessness and depression in daily lifte as well as difficulties adhering to other physical symptoms. Many patients have difficulties to deal with daily demands. Aims: To describe how persons, living with CHF, perceived the maintenance of their daily life. Methods: This study was following a penomenographic method in order to describe variations of perceptions. Data was collected through taped interviews, taken from 17 patients. The sample was selected from patients attending a specialist Chronic Heart Failure day care unit. Results: Five main categories were identified from 345 statements describing variations in how patients with CHF kept maintenance in their daily lite. The categories include: dealing with the realities of life, dealing with thoughts about life's infinity, taking responsibility, dealing with the surrounding world and keeping up with values of life. Conclusion: The illness symptoms clearly affected daily routines but participants showed remarkable resolve and showed that values in life could be maintained albeit with a few adjustments. No patient expressed a desire to give up. Understanding patients' perceptions the specialist nurse can transfer these knowledge to other patients in similar situations. Keywords: Daily life, Chronic Heart Failure (CHF), Phenomenography
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejcnurse.2006.09.002 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Elsevier B.V.
Host/Issue European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing;6
Pages 192-199
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Daily life, Chronic Heart Failure, Phenomenography
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/5270 (link to this page)

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