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Experiences of Swedish military medical personnel in combat zones: adapting to competing loyalties
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ADULT. Borås University.
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology.
School of Health Sciences, University of Borås, SE-50190 Borås, Sweden.
School of Health Sciences, University of Borås, SE-50190 Borås, Sweden.
2014 (English)In: Military medicine, ISSN 0026-4075, E-ISSN 1930-613X, Vol. 179, no 8, 821-826 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVES:

The aim of this qualitative study is to explore the Swedish military personnel's experience of what it means to perform a caring role in a combat zone. This study assesses the challenges faced by military medical personnel in the context of a combat zone.

METHODS:

The design was descriptive with a qualitative inductive approach. Twenty military medical personnel (physicians, nurses, and combat lifesavers) were interviewed individually. They had been involved in international military operations between 2009 and 2012. This study was analyzed using qualitative content analysis.

RESULTS:

The analysis produced four categories: being in a primarily noncaring organization, caring in emotionally charged relationships, lacking an open dialog about expectations of killing and having to prioritize scarce resources.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study shows that medical personnel easily adapt to a military setting. They care but also perform other tasks when they are in a combat zone. The medical personnel want to give care to host nation but use drugs they can spare.

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2014. Vol. 179, no 8, 821-826 p.
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-25516DOI: 10.7205/MILMED-D-14-00038ISI: 000340806700003PubMedID: 25102524Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84986301227OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-25516DiVA: diva2:776075
Available from: 2015-01-06 Created: 2015-01-06 Last updated: 2016-10-19Bibliographically approved

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