Hand-injured Patients' Experiences of Cold Sensitivity and the Consequences and Adaptation for Daily Life: A Qualitative Study.

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Hand-injured Patients' Experiences of Cold Sensitivity and the Consequences and Adaptation for Daily Life: A Qualitative Study.
Author(s) Carlsson, Ingela ; Edberg, Anna-Karin ; Wann-Hansson, Christine
Date 2009
English abstract
STUDY DESIGN: Qualitative descriptive. INTRODUCTION: Cold sensitivity is a common and persistent complaint after hand injuries. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: To explore the experiences of severe cold sensitivity, its consequences for daily life, and the strategies for enduring and enabling occupation. METHODS: Fifteen hand-injured patients with abnormal cold sensitivity were interviewed. The transcribed text was analyzed using manifest and latent content analysis. Experiences of triggering factors, symptoms, and relieving strategies were described. RESULTS: The consequences and adaptation in daily life entailed a change in life roles, a struggle to maintain self-image and changed occupational performance and/or occupational patterns. CONCLUSIONS: Our findings highlight the importance of a holistic approach, including a screening of patients' occupational roles and patterns as well as psychosocial needs, to obtain the information needed to support patients with severe cold sensitivity to achieve a sense of control and self-mastery. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: not applicable.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jht.2009.07.008 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Elsevier
Host/Issue Journal of Hand Therapy;1
Volume 23
ISSN 0894-1130
Pages 53-62
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/9382 (link to this page)

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