Being a close relative of a person with severe, chronic heart failure in palliative advanced home care - a comfort but also a strain.
2007 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, Vol. 21, no 3, 338-344 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Within previous research on family care of terminally ill people, studies have only rarely been carried out concerning heart failure care. This study aims to illuminate meanings of being a close relative of a person with severe, chronic heart failure (CHF) in palliative advanced home care (PAHC). Narrative interviews were conducted with three close relatives, tape-recorded, transcribed verbatim and a phenomenological-hermeneutic method was used to interpret the text. Meanings of being a close relative is to follow the life-threatening ups and downs, the person with CHF is going through. This means being on primary call, always on standby to mediate security and pleasure. In the deepest downs it is also to call for the back-up call i.e. the PAHC team, trusting their ability to show up on time to alleviate in the worst downs i.e. ease suffering. This study reveals that to be the close relative that the ill person is dependent on 24 hours a day is both a comfort and a strain.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 21, no 3, 338-344 p.
Adaptation, Psychological, Aged, Caregivers/*psychology, Female, Heart Failure/*therapy, Home Care Services, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Palliative Care, Professional-Family Relations, Sweden
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-6805DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1471-6712.2007.00485.xPubMedID: 17727546OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-6805DiVA: diva2:146475