The gift of life: -experiences of the kidney donation process
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
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.
Gift, Decision, Investigation, Confirmation
Gåva, Beslut, Utredning, Bekräftelse
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-16682OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-16682DiVA: diva2:474787
Subject / course
Health care science
Olin, Cecilia, Universtitetsadjunkt
Sandvide, Åsa, Universitetslektor