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Ventilated patients' experiences of body awareness at an intensive care unit
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy.
2005 (English)In: Advances in Physiotherapy, ISSN 1403-8196, E-ISSN 1651-1948, Vol. 7, 154-161 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Treatment with mechanical ventilation (MV) in an intensive care unit (ICU) can cause extensive problems for patients.There is, however, a dearth of research investigation into how ICU treatment affects a person’s body image. The aim of thisstudy was to enhance the knowledge and understanding of body awareness and body image in persons treated with MV in anICU. In order to capture the informants’ own perceptions and experiences, a qualitative method of Grounded Theory waschosen. Seven thematic in-depth interviews were carried out with former ICU patients. To increase credibility, triangulationof researchers and reference group checking was used. The analysis resulted in the core category Limited possibilitiesto act, which relates to the informants’ experiences of not being able to act as they normally would. The core category wasderived from the experiences of feeling like another person, the perceptions of not being in contact with their body andreality and the feeling of being restrained. This study adds a perspective of body awareness to the interpretations of ICUpatients’ experiences. It emphasizes the experience and movement aspects of the body and that physiotherapists have animportant role in the rehabilitation of ICU patients.

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Taylor & Francis , 2005. Vol. 7, 154-161 p.
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Body image, intensive care, mechanical ventilation, physiotherapy, qualitative research
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-35623DOI: 10.1080/14038190500205808OAI: diva2:345714
Available from: 2010-08-26 Created: 2010-08-26 Last updated: 2011-01-05Bibliographically approved

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