Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Suffering from care as expressed in the narratives of former patients in somatic wards.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5994-4012
2000 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 14, no 1, 16-22 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

To illuminate patients' experiences of suffering from care, ten former patients in somatic wards narrated a desirable care episode (n = 39) and an undesirable care episode (n = 51). The interviews were analysed using a phenomenological hermeneutic method inspired by Ricoeur's philosophy. Four themes were found: having a good rest, suffering through, searching for autonomy and being cared for by attentive and committed staff. The findings were interpreted in light of Eriksson's description of suffering, which describes three kinds of suffering: 'suffering of life', 'suffering of illness' and 'suffering of caring'. Although not mentioned explicitly, it was evident that cases of suffering from care were indicated in the patients' narratives. The themes were related to the patients' states of health, their experience of the care situation and their descriptions of themselves, and could be understood as related to the acts of the 'drama of suffering' described by Eriksson. The study highlights the need for the patient to find a co-actor in the drama of suffering in order to prevent suffering from care, i.e. prevent hindrance to the patient in her/his struggle against the 'suffering of illness' and the 'suffering of life'. The patients must be seen as the directors of their own dramas of suffering.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2000. Vol. 14, no 1, 16-22 p.
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-33901PubMedID: 12035257OAI: diva2:318635
Available from: 2010-05-10 Created: 2010-05-10 Last updated: 2016-02-01Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text


Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Sundin, KarinJansson, LilianNorberg, Astrid
By organisation
Department of Nursing
In the same journal
Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
Medical and Health Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Altmetric score

Total: 37 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link