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Experiences of suffering multiple trauma: A qualitative study
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Care.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5367-1751
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Care.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Care.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6244-6401
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Care.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7388-069x
2019 (English)In: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing, ISSN 0964-3397, E-ISSN 1532-4036, Vol. 54, p. 1-6Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives

In an effort to strengthen health care professionals’ ability to anticipate and address multiple trauma patients’ needs, this study aims to explore the experience of suffering from multiple trauma.

Design

This is a qualitative descriptive study. Nine interviews were analysed using content analysis.

Setting

The study included patients who had been registered in the Swedish Intensive Care registry [SIR] due to suffering multiple trauma.

Findings

The analysis revealed one theme, A detour in life, based on three sub-themes: (a) Feeling lost and not knowing what to expect, (b) Striving to get life back on track and (c) Dealing with ‘dead ends’ during rehabilitation. The theme showed that those who suffered multiple trauma did not know what to expect of their recovery and they expressed experiencing a lack of understanding and guidance from healthcare professionals. As it was important to focus on the present and find ways to move on in life, they sought for other ways to find direction in matters of rehabilitation and care.

Conclusions

A shared understanding is essential in order to define a person’s needs. By setting short-term goals and improving documentation, healthcare professionals across the trauma recovery continuum could more easily gain insight of their patients’ needs and address them with supportive guidance.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2019. Vol. 54, p. 1-6
Keywords [en]
Life change events, Multiple trauma, Patient care planning, Qualitative research, Recovery, Wounds and Injuries
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Nursing
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-73259DOI: 10.1016/j.iccn.2019.07.006ISI: 000483965500001PubMedID: 31351691OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-73259DiVA, id: diva2:1297272
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Validerad;2019;Nivå 2;2019-09-24 (johcin)

Available from: 2019-03-19 Created: 2019-03-19 Last updated: 2019-09-24Bibliographically approved
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1. The trauma continuum: Experinces from injured persons and critical care nurses
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The trauma continuum: Experinces from injured persons and critical care nurses
2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Luleå: Luleå University of Technology, 2019
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Doctoral thesis / Luleå University of Technology 1 jan 1997 → …, ISSN 1402-1544
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Nursing
Research subject
Nursing
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urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-73253 (URN)978-91-7790-336-9 (ISBN)978-91-7790-337-6 (ISBN)
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2019-05-24, E632, Luleå, 09:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2019-03-19 Created: 2019-03-19 Last updated: 2019-05-07Bibliographically approved

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