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Patients’ Perceptions of Drug Information Given by a Rheumatology Nurse: A Phenomenographic Study
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Quality improvements, innovations and leadership in health care and social work.
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Quality improvements, innovations and leadership in health care and social work.
FoU-center Spenshult.
Högskolan Halmstad.
2010 (English)In: Musculoskeletal Care, ISSN 1557-0681, Vol. 8, no 1, 36-45 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Pain, stiffness and functional restriction of the joints are the main problems experienced by patients with inflammatory rheumatic conditions. The majority of patients with rheumatic diseases require several drugs every day. Adherence is highest among patients who have repeatedly been given drug information by a nurse from the start of the treatment. When developing patient information, it is essential to utilise patients' experiences.

Objectives: The purpose of this study was to describe variations in how patients with rheumatic diseases conceive drug information given by a rheumatology nurse.

Methods: The study had a descriptive qualitative design with a phenomenographic approach. Fifteen in-patients with rheumatic diseases who had received a new drug agreed to take part in the study and were interviewed.

Results: Three descriptive categories emerged: Autonomy, Power and Security. Autonomy was based on the patients' experiences of taking responsibility and participating. Power meant gaining knowledge and being motivated to take the drug. Security involved trust, experiencing care and access to a rheumatology nurse.

Conclusions: Patients with a rheumatic disease experienced that drug information from a rheumatology nurse gave them autonomy, power and security. These factors could explain why information from a nurse increases drug treatment adherence.

 

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2010. Vol. 8, no 1, 36-45 p.
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Drugs, patient information, phenomenography, rheumatology nurse
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-12090DOI: 10.1002/msc.164OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-12090DiVA: diva2:318710
Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-05-10 Last updated: 2010-08-10Bibliographically approved

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