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Health-promoting conversations about hope and suffering with couples in palliative care.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
2008 (English)In: International Journal of Palliative Nursing, ISSN 1357-6321, Vol. 14, no 9, 439-445 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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BACKGROUND: Families living with a dying relative face existential challenges which need to be met by caregivers in a dialogue. AIM: To describe couples' experiences of participating in nurse-initiated health-promoting conversations about hope and suffering during home-based palliative care. METHOD: Data comprised semi-structured evaluative interviews with six couples. Each couple together had previously participated in three health-fostering conversations with nurses. Data were analyzed by content. RESULT: Talking with nurses about existential issues such as hope and suffering made couples feel that they were part of a trustful relationship, and that it was a healing experience. It gave them the opportunity to unburden themselves, as well as a way of learning and finding new strategies for managing daily life. CONCLUSION: Health-promoting conversations about hope and suffering should be implemented as a natural part of the caring relationship between caregivers and families in the palliative context.

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2008. Vol. 14, no 9, 439-445 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-32314PubMedID: 19060795OAI: diva2:302550
Available from: 2010-03-08 Created: 2010-03-08 Last updated: 2010-04-16Bibliographically approved

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