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Women patients' conceptions of integrity within health care: a phenomenographic study
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science. 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, Dep. of Nursing Science. 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, Dep. of Nursing Science. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Quality improvements, innovations and leadership in health care and social work.
2008 (English)In: Journal of Advanced Nursing, ISSN 0309-2402, E-ISSN 1365-2648, Vol. 61, no 5, p. 540-548Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to describe how female patients conceive integrity within health care. A phenomenographic approach was chosen to focus on women’s conceptions. The participants were 15 strategically-chosen female patients who were interviewed after discharge from a hospital in Sweden. Three description categories were identified: ‘maintaining the self’, which represented the patient’s relationship to herself; ‘dignity’, which characterized the professional caregivers’ relationship to the patient; and ‘confidence’, which was associated with the relationship between patient and professional caregivers. Integrity implied having courage to set boundaries and have control of the private sphere, but also if necessary changing the boundaries of integrity. It is essential that professional caregivers are knowledgeable about all aspects of integrity and the importance of interactions with patients being characterized by dignity and confidentiality. Professional caregivers should take part in reflective discussions to identify situations in health care with an inherent risk of threatening or violating patients’ integrity, and how best to preserve it. Integrity is an abstract and complex concept that is not well-defined, and further research is needed to clarify its connection with other concepts.

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2008. Vol. 61, no 5, p. 540-548
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digity, ethics, integrity, nursing, phenomenography, women patients
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-5620OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-5620DiVA, id: diva2:36440
Available from: 2008-05-27 Created: 2008-05-27 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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