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Patients' experience of important factors in the healthcare environment in oncology care
Högskolan i Skövde, Institutionen för vård och natur.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0976-531X
Institute of Health and Care Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Institute of Health and Care Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden / Institution of Caring Science, Sahlgrenska Academy, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden.
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 8, no 1, article id 20870Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background and objective. The aim of this study was to describe what factors of the healthcare environment are perceived as being important to patients in oncology care. Design. A qualitative design was adopted using focus group interviews.

Setting and participants. The sample was 11 patients with different cancer diagnoses in an oncology ward at a university hospital in west Sweden.

Results. Analysis of the patients' perceptions of the environment indicated a complex entity comprising several aspects. These came together in a structure consisting of three main categories: safety, partnership with the staff, and physical space. The care environment is perceived as a complex entity, made up of several physical and psychosocial aspects, where the physical factors are subordinated by the psychosocial factors. It is clearly demonstrated that the patients' primary desire was a psychosocial environment where they were seen as a unique person; the patients wanted opportunities for good encounters with staff, fellow patients, and family members, supported by a good physical environment; and the patients valued highly a place to withdraw and rest.

Conclusions. This study presents those attributes that are valued by cancer patients as crucial and important for the support of their well-being and functioning. The results show that physical aspects were subordinate to psychosocial factors, which emerged strongly as being the most important in a caring environment.

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CoAction Publishing, 2013. Vol. 8, no 1, article id 20870
Keywords [en]
Oncological care, Patient perspective, Patients' experience, Person-centred care, Physical and psychosocial factors
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Medical and Health Sciences
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Medical sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-39244DOI: 10.3402/qhw.v8i0.20870ISI: 000322892200001PubMedID: 23924604Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84882327080OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-39244DiVA, id: diva2:1201625
Available from: 2013-10-31 Created: 2018-04-26Bibliographically approved

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