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People's experiences of suffering a lower limb fracture and undergoing surgery
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Care.
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
2014 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Nursing, ISSN 0962-1067, E-ISSN 1365-2702, Vol. 23, no 1-2, p. 191-200Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To describe people's experiences of suffering a lower limb fracture and undergoing surgery, from the time of injury through to the care given at the hospital and recovery following discharge.BACKGROUND: There is a lack of research on people's experiences of suffering a lower limb fracture and undergoing surgery - from injury to recovery.DESIGN: A qualitative approach was used.METHODS: Interviews with nine participants were subjected to thematic content analysis.RESULTS: One theme was expressed: from realising the seriousness of the injury to regaining autonomy. Participants described feelings of frustration and helplessness when realising the seriousness of their injury. The wait prior to surgery was a strain and painful experience, and participants needed orientation for the future. They expressed feelings of vulnerability about being in the hands of staff during surgery. After surgery, in the postanaesthesia unit, participants expressed a need to have control and to feel safe in their new situation. To mobilise and regain their autonomy was a struggle, and participants stated that their recovery was extended.CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: Participants found themselves in a new and unexpected situation and experienced pain, vulnerability and a striving for control during the process, that is, 'from realising the seriousness of the injury to regaining autonomy'. How this is managed depends on how the patient's needs are met by nurses. The nursing care received while suffering a lower limb fracture and undergoing surgery should be situation specific as well as individual specific. The safe performance of technical interventions and the nurse's comprehensive explanations of medical terms may help the patient to feel secure during the process.

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2014. Vol. 23, no 1-2, p. 191-200
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-4276DOI: 10.1111/jocn.12292ISI: 000327883400020PubMedID: 23875652Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84889688566Local ID: 2338d0d7-c0b1-4bab-8dc2-504e7188c086OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-4276DiVA, id: diva2:977140
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Validerad; 2014; 20130121 (andbra)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved

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