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Ekblad, Helena
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Ekblad, H., Rönning, H., Fridlund, B. & Malm, D. (2013). Patients' well-being: experience and actions in their preventing and handling of atrial fibrillation. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 12(2), 132-139
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Patients' well-being: experience and actions in their preventing and handling of atrial fibrillation
2013 (English)In: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, ISSN 1474-5151, E-ISSN 1873-1953, Vol. 12, no 2, p. 132-139Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Atrial fibrillation (AF) influences the lives of patients in the form of worsened well-being. Patients’ own experience of and how to handle AF is rarely investigated. These are important aspects for healthcare services to understand in order to support the well-being of patients with AF.

Aim: To explore and describe critical incidents in which patients experience how AF affects their well-being and what actions they take to prevent and handle it.

Design and methods: An explorative, descriptive design based on the critical incident technique (CIT) was used. Interviews were conducted with 25 patients (16 men and 9 women) with AF in a healthcare area in southern Sweden.

Results: Patients experienced discomfort and limitations in daily life. The actions they took were self-care related actions and healthcare related actions.

Conclusion: AF affects well-being when it is uncomfortable and leads to pronounced limitations in daily life with the patients trying to maintain or restore well-being through adapting and developing strategies for self-care. Patients base the handling of AF on their personal experience.

Atrial fibrillation, coronary heart disease, nursing, patient, qualitative analysis, well-being
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Medical and Health Sciences
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-22667 (URN)10.1177/1474515112457132 (DOI)000317855800004 ()22936792 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-84875198012 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2013-12-12 Created: 2013-12-12 Last updated: 2018-03-16Bibliographically approved

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