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Elderly persons' experiences of living with venous leg ulcer: living in a dialectal relationship between freedom and imprisonment
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2001 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 15, no 3, 235-243 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim was to illuminate elderly persons' experiences of living with venous leg ulcer. Fifteen persons 74-89 years of age with active leg ulcer were interviewed. Data were analysed utilizing a phenomenological-hermeneutic approach inspired by Ricoeur. The analysis includes dialectic movement between understanding and explanation of the text as a whole and its parts, In the structural analysis four themes were identified: emotional consequences of altered body image, living a restricted life, achievement of well-being in connection with a painful wound and bandage, and struggle between hope and despair with regard to a lengthy healing process. The comprehensive understanding indicated that the meaning of living with venous leg ulcer can be understood as a dialectal relationship between, on the one hand the feeling of being imprisoned in the body, the bandage and the home, and on the other hand, hope of freedom from a burdensome body. The results indicate that the concept, body of image, is vitally relevant to the caring, of elderly people with venous leg ulcer. The study shows the importance of recognizing the persons' perceptions of their leg ulcers and the impact of these perceptions on well-being. Nurses can thereby anticipate problems and provide more sensitive care.

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OSLO: TAYLOR & FRANCIS AS , 2001. Vol. 15, no 3, 235-243 p.
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venous leg ulcer, phenomenological-hermeneutic, lived experience, elderly people, nursing research
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-8185ISI: 000171306100006Local ID: diva2:835874
Available from: 2012-09-18 Created: 2009-05-08 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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