And here we are allowed to do it - An ethnographic field study about the role of the palliative care nurses in Uganda

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Publication Bachelor thesis
Title And here we are allowed to do it - An ethnographic field study about the role of the palliative care nurses in Uganda
Author(s) Schaepe, Christiane
Date 2009
English abstract
Palliative care – end of life care – is not a priority in developing countries. In 1993 Hospice Africa Uganda (HAU) was founded and chosen as a model for other african counties. Among other things nurses are authorised to prescribe morphine and other palliative care drugs after undergoing a nine months clinical palliative care course at HAU. In this ethnographic field study observations, interviews and group interviews are used in order to explore the role of the palliative care nurse specialist in Uganda. In total there are 20 participants involved in this study, who are working at HAU, Mulago hospital and students from the clinical palliative care course. The result of the study reveal that the role of the palliative care nurse specialist is multifaceted. Beyond prescribing drugs their role is to deliver holistic care by taking into consideration the physical, psychosocial and spiritual pain patients and their family can have. They encounter many challenges in their work but they also have the possibility to improve the quality of the patients life.
Swedish abstract
Palliativ vård – vård i livets slutskede – är inte prioriterat i tredje världen. I Uganda grundades 1993 Hospice Africa Uganda (HAU), ett hospice som var tänkt som modell för andra afrikanska länder. Här utbildas bl a sjuksköterskor som har rätt att skriva ut morfin och andra läkemedel efter en nio månader lång kurs. I den här etnografiska fältstudien används observationer, intervjuer och gruppintervjuer för att undersöka sjuksköterskan roll inom palliativ vård i Uganda. I studien deltar sammanlagt 20 sjuksköterskor som jobbar på HAU, Mulago hospital och studenter i palliativ vård-kursen på HAU. Resultatet visar att sjuksköterskanS roll är mångfacetterad. Utöver förskrivning av läkemedel är deras roll att utföra vården holistisk, där de tar hänsyn till fysisk, psykosocial och andlig smärta. I sitt arbete möter de många utmaningar men de har även möjlighet att förbättra patientens livskvalitet.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Hälsa och samhälle
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) challenges
holistic care
Hospice Africa Uganda
nurses role
palliative care
Uganda
hospice
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/8690 (link to this page)

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