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Role of biographical experience and bodily sensations in patients' adaptation to hypertension.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18823737     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVE: To explore patients' adaptation to hypertension and to describe its impact on their sense of body, biographical experience, approach to life and daily activities. METHODS: A qualitative interview study with nine men and eight women (age: 35-50 years) with hypertension from four general practices in Denmark. The informants differed in type and duration of treatment. RESULTS: Adaptation to hypertension was influenced by the patients' biographical experiences and involved changes in body perception. The process affected patients' daily activities and they actively tested their physical abilities. Patients gradually adopted behaviour and attitudes to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease. CONCLUSION: A diagnosis of hypertension constitutes a biographical disruption and has an impact on daily life. Patients' adaptation to hypertension combines biographical and bodily experiences. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Attention to patients' biographies and images of hypertension is an important element of hypertensive treatment.
Authors:
H Sångren; S Reventlow; I Hetlevik
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2008-09-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  Patient education and counseling     Volume:  74     ISSN:  0738-3991     ISO Abbreviation:  Patient Educ Couns     Publication Date:  2009 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-01-13     Completed Date:  2009-05-15     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8406280     Medline TA:  Patient Educ Couns     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  236-43     Citation Subset:  N    
Affiliation:
The Research Unit for General Practice in Frederiksborg County, Hillerød Hospital, Hillerød, Denmark. hs@gpract.ku.dk
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Activities of Daily Living / psychology
Adaptation, Psychological*
Adult
Attitude to Health*
Body Image
Denmark
Female
Humans
Hypertension / physiopathology,  prevention & control,  psychology*
Life Change Events*
Life Style
Male
Middle Aged
Models, Psychological
Narration
Qualitative Research
Questionnaires
Risk Reduction Behavior
Self Concept*
Sensation* / physiology

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