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Transition från frisk till sjuk: Upplevelser av kvinnor med Parkinsons sjukdom
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Living with a long-term disease often has a great impact on everyday life. Parkinson's disease (PD) is a long-term progressive disease that causes individual symptoms of both motor and non-motor character. Living with PD includes impact and restrictions in life. In illness the person undergoes a transition, the process involves new knowledge and experience integrated over time and becoming part of everyday life. The aim of this qualitative study was to describe the experiences of the transition from healthy to ill by women with PD. Eight women with PD was interviewed. The interviews where analyzed using an interpretive description. The analysis resulted in five thematic areas: transition at the beginning of the disease, transition in daily life, transition when the body changes, transition in social life and relations and transition in working life. The women described the beginning of the transition as diffuse with a variety of physical symptoms. The symptoms were disturbing and often ignored. The diagnosis came as a shock but gave the women an opportunity to move on. The daily life had changed to handle disability and feelings and involved changing values in life. Planning was central and it was important to live in the present and seize the moment. The function of the body changed, fatigue and unpredictable physical symptoms created uncertainty. The social life changed to some degree, close relationships became an important support. The women described a major change in working life with part-time work and stressful periods of sick leave. In conclusion, to support the person in transition is very important. Nursing interventions designed to identify and meet individual needs is a challenge and necessary to promote a successful outcome of the transition.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012.
Keyword [en]
Medicine
Keyword [sv]
Medicin, Kvinnor, Parkinsons sjukdom, tolkande beskrivning, intervju, upplevelser, transition
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-58355Local ID: ef164efc-3a2d-42b7-bb3a-537cf55ff0f9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-58355DiVA: diva2:1031743
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Healt Science, master's level
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Validerat; 20121012 (anonymous)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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