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Living as a family in the midst of chronic illness.
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PMID:  23317153     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to illuminate the meaning of lived experience of living as a family in the midst of chronic illness. BACKGROUND: Chronic illness implies a change for both the individual and the family. In this changed situation, all family members seem to benefit from sharing experiences and receiving support. Current research highlights the individual patient's or family member's perspectives on chronic illness, but family systems nursing (FSN) studies are warranted. DESIGN: A qualitative design with a FSN approach was chosen. METHOD: Repeated qualitative narrative interviews with seven families living with chronic illness were performed. A phenomenological hermeneutic analysis, inspired by Ricoeur, was used to interpret the data. RESULTS: The phenomenon can be described as an ongoing movement towards well-being. The results included two themes and five sub-themes. The first theme was 'Co-creating a context for living with illness' with the subthemes; 'learning to live with the expressions of illness' and 'communicating the illness within and outside the family'. The second theme was 'Co-creating alternative ways for everyday life' with the subthemes; 'adapting to a new life rhythm', 'altering relationships' and 'changing roles and tasks in the family'. CONCLUSIONS: Living as a family in the midst of chronic illness can be described as an ongoing process where the family members co-create a context for living with illness. They also co-create a context for alternative ways of everyday life. RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: Knowledge about lived experience of living as a family in the midst of chronic illness can help nurses to adopt a FSN care perspective. This can increase the chances of taking advantage of the ways family members manage situations together, as well as highlight resources within the family.
Liselott Arestedt; Carina Persson; Eva Benzein
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scandinavian journal of caring sciences     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1471-6712     ISO Abbreviation:  Scand J Caring Sci     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8804206     Medline TA:  Scand J Caring Sci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2013 The Authors Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences © 2013 Nordic College of Caring Science.
School of Health and Caring Sciences, Linneaus University, Kalmar, Sweden.
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