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Elderly women's experiences of support when living with congestive heart failure
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing.
2010 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, Vol. 5, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Heart failure is a chronic syndrome that has physiological, psychological and social effects. The aim of the study was toilluminate the meanings of support as experienced by elderly women with chronic heart failure. Narrative interviews wereconducted with five elderly women with chronic heart failure. A phenomenological hermeneutic method of interpretationwas used. The meanings of support were experienced by the women out of two perspectives, that is, when support is presentand when there is a lack of support. The findings were revealed in two themes: ‘‘Feeling confident means support’’ and‘‘Feeling abandoned’’. The women do not wish to be a burden. They want to be independent as much as possible to defendtheir dignity. An important support to the women is that they are understood and confirmed in their illness. Supportiverelations are most valuable, that is, a relationship that supports the women’s independence. If there is no supportiverelationship, they feel like a burden to others and they feel lonely; this loneliness creates suffering and counteracts wellbeingand health.

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2010. Vol. 5, no 2
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Support; heart failure, elderly women, life experiences, phenomenological hermeneutic
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-32871DOI: 10.3402/qhw.v5i2.5064ISI: 000281886700004OAI: diva2:306479
Available from: 2010-03-30 Created: 2010-03-30 Last updated: 2010-04-07Bibliographically approved

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