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The gift of life: -experiences of the kidney donation process
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences, School of Health and Caring Sciences.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences, School of Health and Caring Sciences.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Background: There are many people waiting for a kidney transplant. To get a kidney from a living donor has many advantages. The gift is about giving and receiving. The decision is characterized by life-philosophy of the donor.

Aim: To highlight the experiences of the kidney donation process.

Methods: A systematic literature review in which 11 articles were included, seven qualitative and four quantitative. The articles are quality and ethically reviewed, the results are analyzed according Granskär & Höglund and Polit & Beck.

Results: The results were gathered under two themes: the decision-process shows the path from idea to decision and implementation-process treats the donation and confirmation of the gift. The results indicate that the donation process is a complex experience for the donor. Many emotions are involved,  no feeling is right or wrong. It is mainly out of concern that living donations are carried out and a sense of strong validation for the donor to give the gift of life.

Conclusion: Giving the gift of life, a piece of oneself, out of altruism and solicitude for one another according Martinsens philosophy of caring will provide a confirmation and satisfaction with life-long perspective of the donor.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 28 p.
Keyword [en]
Gift, Decision, Investigation, Confirmation
Keyword [sv]
Gåva, Beslut, Utredning, Bekräftelse
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-16682OAI: diva2:474787
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Health care science
Available from: 2012-03-01 Created: 2012-01-09 Last updated: 2012-03-01Bibliographically approved

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