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Patients' well-being: experience and actions in their preventing and handling of atrial fibrillation
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. ADULT.
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. ADULT.
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. ADULT.
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Quality Improvement and Leadership in Health and Welfare.
2013 (English)In: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, ISSN 1474-5151, E-ISSN 1873-1953, Vol. 12, no 2, 132-139 p.Article 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.

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2013. Vol. 12, no 2, 132-139 p.
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Atrial fibrillation, coronary heart disease, nursing, patient, qualitative analysis, well-being
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-22667DOI: 10.1177/1474515112457132OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-22667DiVA: diva2:678574
Available from: 2013-12-12 Created: 2013-12-12 Last updated: 2013-12-13Bibliographically approved

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