On becoming dependent on home mechanical ventilation.
2005 (English)In: Journal of Advanced Nursing, ISSN 0309-2402, Vol. 49, no 1, 33-42 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
AIM: The aim of this paper is to illuminate meanings of becoming dependent on home mechanical ventilator treatment. BACKGROUND: People suffering from chronic alveolar hypoventilation and requiring home mechanical ventilation represent a small but increasing group in society, and are some of the most vulnerable individuals with chronic disabilities. METHOD: Thirteen people about to begin ventilator treatment at home were interviewed. Data were tape-recorded and analysed according to a phenomenological-hermeneutic method. FINDINGS: Findings revealed two contrasting meanings of being in the process of becoming dependent on a ventilator, interpreted as getting breath or holding breath. This interpretation is presented in two composite stories. CONCLUSIONS: The findings imply possibilities and deficiencies in meeting patients' existential needs, such as helping them to breathe spiritually by supporting them as they get their breath after such a life-changing event as becoming dependent on a ventilator.
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2005. Vol. 49, no 1, 33-42 p.
Adaptation; Psychological, Aged, Aged; 80 and over, Attitude to Health, Caregivers/*psychology, Female, Home Nursing/methods, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Narration, Respiration Disorders/*psychology/rehabilitation, Respiration; Artificial/nursing/*psychology, Sweden/epidemiology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-6746DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2004.03261.xPubMedID: 15610379OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-6746DiVA: diva2:146416