umu.sePublications
Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Ebola virus disease: caring for patients in Sierra Leone - a qualitative study.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
2016 (English)In: Journal of Advanced Nursing, ISSN 0309-2402, E-ISSN 1365-2648Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

AIM: The aim of this study was to describe Norwegian healthcare staffs' experiences of participating in care of patients with Ebola virus disease in Sierra Leone.

BACKGROUND: Ebola is one of the most feared viruses known. Ebola virus disease is highly contagious with high mortality. The few qualitative studies made on experiences among healthcare professionals have highlighted problems as lack of protective resources, insufficient personnel and risk of societal stigmatization.

DESIGN: Descriptive study with qualitative approach.

METHOD: Individual narrative and focus group interviews were obtained during 2015 with eight nurses and one physician who had worked in Ebola care in Sierra Leone. The interviews were analysed using qualitative content analysis.

RESULT: The analysis resulted in the two themes: 'Experiencing security by learning to manage risks'; and 'Developing courage and growth by facing personal fears'. Subthemes were: 'Relying on safeguard actions', 'Managing risk of contagion', 'Developing strategies for care despite risks', 'Constantly reminded of death', 'Successively defeating fears' and last, 'Increasing motivation through meaningfulness'. The participants described the reliance on training, organized effort, strict guidelines and equipment. They were respectful of the risk of transmission, made risk assessments, took responsibility, handled risky situations and were reminded of suffering and death.

CONCLUSION: Despite challenges, the hazardous work with Ebola virus disease patients was experienced as meaningful which was an important motivator. Safe care was central in working with Ebola patients, but the care relation was challenged.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016.
Keyword [en]
Ebola; Sierra Leone; care relation; experiences; healthcare professionals; nursing; qualitative design; risk; safety
National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-127092DOI: 10.1111/jan.13167PubMedID: 27747916OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-127092DiVA: diva2:1040692
Available from: 2016-10-28 Created: 2016-10-28 Last updated: 2016-10-28

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full textPubMed

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Hörnsten, ÅsaHajdarevic, Senada
By organisation
Department of Nursing
In the same journal
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Nursing

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

Altmetric score

Total: 13 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link