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Hur skiftarbetare upplever aktivitetsbalans
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to describe shiftworkers experience of occupational balance. A qualitative design was used to focus the individuals’ thoughts and experiences. Data were collected through semistructured interviews and were analyzed by qualitative content analysis. Seven participants were included in the study, six men and one woman. The analysis resulted in three categories. Those were: Changes in time use, planning and daily routines, Changes in everyday activities together with others and Changes in the ability to perform activities. The results showed that shift work effects sleep, time use and planning of daily activities as well as daily routines. After working nightshift, the time is used for sleep and recovery, and there is not much time for daily activities. The everyday activities together with others was effected in a negative way and time together with family and friends were limited. Furthermore, the results showed that shift work causes a range of consequences such as lack of energy, tiredness and fatigue which affects the activity performance. Fatigue was a significant part that affected the shift workers occupational balance. The results of this study may contribute to future research as there is a lack of knowledge regarding how occupational balance is experienced among a healthy population working shifts. The results may contribute to an increased understanding of how occupational balance is affected by shift work that can be used by occupational therapists meeting these clients in their practice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 28 p.
Keyword [en]
Keyword [sv]
Medicin, Arbetsterapi, skiftarbete, aktivitetsbalans
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-59101Local ID: fa13c0ea-c950-4aa9-ab78-f4f94dc1e481OAI: diva2:1032489
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Occupational Therapist, bachelor’s level
Validerat; 20140624 (global_studentproject_submitter)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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