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Meanings of balance for people with long-term illnesses
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Health.
2016 (English)In: British Journal of Community Nursing, ISSN 1462-4753, E-ISSN 2052-2215, Vol. 21, no 11, 563-567 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to elucidate meanings of balance in everyday life for people with long-term illnesses living at home. People living with long-term illnesses are in need of help and support to manage their daily lives. Twelve adults with extensive needs for help and support were interviewed. A phenomenological hermeneutic interpretation was used to analyse the interview texts. The findings show that balance in everyday life for people with long-term illnesses means striving for independence through care and support in their surroundings. It was also important to be able to choose how their lives would be and to be with others who listened and understood them for who they are. By building a relationship with patients at an early stage of their illnesses, nursing staff have an opportunity to understand what people who are living at home with long-term illnesses need in order to achieve balance in their everyday lives.

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2016. Vol. 21, no 11, 563-567 p.
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Adults, Balance, Home care, Long-term illness, Phenomenological hermeneutic, Primary care, clinical article, human, interview, nursing staff, primary medical care
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-13488DOI: 10.12968/bjcn.2016.21.11.563Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84994689515OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-13488DiVA: diva2:1049409
Available from: 2016-11-24 Created: 2016-11-23 Last updated: 2016-11-25Bibliographically approved

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