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The lived experience in patients with screening-diagnosed Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA).: A qualitative interview study
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Kollberg, S. Torbjörnsson, E. (2012). The lived experience in patients with screening-diagnosed abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).

 

 

ABSTRACT

The aim of this study was to describe the patients’ experiences of living with the knowledge of having an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) that was found during screening.

Eleven patients from two different screening centers, with initially measured aneurysms of 40-46 mm, were invited to participate in the interview study. Three of the men declined to participate, so in total eight men were interviewed. The interviews were analyzed by qualitative content analysis.  Four categories were identified: the informant’s reasons for taking part in the screening program for abdominal aortic aneurysm, the experience of the screening, the experience of living with their abdominal aortic aneurysm and the thoughts on the present screening program.

The result showed that the men joined the screening program (SCP) with very little knowledge of both aneurysms and the purpose of the screening. In connection with the ultrasound the men became upset over the information about them having an AAA. After they had received information about the diagnose from the vascular surgeon , all of the men felt soothed and understood that despite of their aneurysm, they could continue to live their life as they used to do. The men didn’t believe that the AAA affected their lives, though most of them had made changes in their way of living.

 

The result of this interview study shows that the men experience a lack of information between the ultrasound and the appointment with the physician. It could be of interest to investigate if an aortic nurse with the same function as the breast nurse in the mammography screening could be the solution of this problem.

 

Keywords: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, screening, information

 

 

Abstract [sv]

Kollberg, S. Torbjörnsson, E. (2012). The lived experience in patients with screening-diagnosed abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).

 

SAMMANFATTNING

Syftet med den här studien var att beskriva patienternas upplevelse av att leva med kunskapen av att ha en förstorad kroppspulsåder som är hittat via screening.

Elva patienter från två olika screeningcenter, med en ursprunglig diameter på sin aorta uppmätt till 40 – 46 mm, bjöds in för deltagande i studien. Tre avböjde att delta, så totalt utfördes åtta intervjuer. Intervjuerna analyserades med kvalitativ innehållsanalys. Fyra kategorier identifierades: Informanternas anledning till att delta i screeningprogrammet, upplevelsen av screeningen, upplevelsen av att leva med AAA och patienternas tankar om det nuvarande screeningprogrammet.

Resultatet visade att männen deltog i screeningsprogrammet (SCP) med en begränsad kunskap både om vad aneurysm är och vad syftet med screeningen är. I samband med ultraljudsundersökningen blev männen upprörda över beskedet att de har ett förstorat aneurysm, men efter besöket hos en kärlkirurg som gav information om diagnosen blev de lugnade och förstod att det går bra att fortsätta leva som vanligt trots deras diagnos. Männen i studien tyckte inte att diagnosen påverkade de i deras dagliga liv, trots att många av dem hade genomfört förändringar.

Resultatet av den här studien visar att männen upplever en brist i informationen mellan ultraljudsundersökningen och besöket hos läkaren. Det skulle vara intressant att se om en aortasjuksköterska, med samma funktion som en bröstsjuksköterska inom mammografiscreeningen har, skulle kunna vara en lösning på problemet.

 

Nyckelord: Abdominellt aorta aneurysm, screening, information

 

Abstraktet är justerat efter instruktioner i Journal of Vascular Nursing

 

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 22 p.
Keyword [en]
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, screening, information
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-61626OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-61626DiVA: diva2:570903
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Graduate Programme in Caring Science
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Medicine
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