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Att vårda sin livskamrat: Upplevelser av att vårda en anhörig som har insjuknat i stroke
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS).
2010 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
To take care of a life companion : Experiences of caring for a relative who has suffered a stroke (English)
Abstract [sv]

Stroke är en vanlig sjukdom som årligen drabbar 30 000 personer i Sverige. Personer som insjuknar i stroke kan drabbas av fysiska och psykiska funktionsnedsättningar. Konsekvenserna av stroke drabbar även de närstående som många gånger tar på sig vårdgivarrollen till den anhöriga. Närståendevårdare till en anhörig som har insjuknat i stroke får bära ett tungt vårdansvar. Syftet med detta vetenskapliga arbete var därför att belysa närståendevårdares upplevelser av att vårda en anhörig som har insjuknat i stroke. Arbetet utfördes som en litteraturstudie där 16 vetenskapliga artiklar granskades. I resultatet framkom två teman, Att vårda är betungande och Att vårda är att anpassa sig. Resultatet visade att närståendevårdarna upplevde en tung börda, ensamhet och frustration. Närståendevårdarna upplevde att det var jobbigt och tidskrävande att anpassa sin vardag till den anhöriga. Det framkom att närståendevårdarna saknade stöd, information och utbildning från hälso- och sjukvårdspersonal för att kunna hantera den nya livssituationen. Sjuksköterskan, liksom all hälso- och sjukvårdspersonal, bör uppmärksamma närståendevårdares situation. Önskvärt är mer omvårdnadsforskning på närståendevårdares copingstrategier, och hur, var och när sjuksköterskan ska ge närståendevårdare stöd, information och utbildning.

Abstract [en]

Stroke is a common disease that annually affects 30 000 people in Sweden. Stroke survivors may suffer physical and psychological disabilities. The impact of stroke also affects the next of kin´s of the stroke survivor who often become an informal caregiver. Informal caregivers of a relative stroke survivor may experience a heavy caring responsibility. The purpose of this scientific study was therefore to illuminate informal caregivers experiences of caring for a relative who has suffered a stroke. The study was conducted as a literature review in which 16 scientific articles were reviewed. In the result two themes were found, To care is burdened and To care is to adapt. The result showed that informal caregivers experienced heavy burden, loneliness and frustration. Informal caregivers felt that it was difficult and time consuming to adjust their daily lives to the relative. It was found that informal caregivers did not get enough support, information and education from health- professionals which they would have needed to learn how to cope with their new life situation. Nurses, and all health professionals, should pay attention to the situation of the informal caregivers. Continued nursing research on informal caregivers copingstrategies, and, how, were and when the nurse will give informal caregivers support, information and education is desirable.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , p. 33
Keywords [en]
Informal caregivers, stroke, experience
Keywords [sv]
Närståendevårdare, stroke, upplevelser
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-4888OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-4888DiVA, id: diva2:325595
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Available from: 2010-06-21 Created: 2010-06-18 Last updated: 2010-06-21Bibliographically approved

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