Att leva med en inflammatorisk tarmsjukdom
Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Background: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is an umbrella term for ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. These are characterized by a chronic inflammation of the intestinal mucosa. Living with chronic illness meant that life changed significantly. Quality of life was affected for these individuals and was stressful in their lives.
Aim: The aim was to describe the experiences of living with inflammatory bowel disease.
Method: A qualitative literature review was chosen to analyze articles that were related to the aim of this study.
Results: Based on the chosen articles five themes were created; Commuting between hope and fear, symptoms of the disease and medication become everyday focus, struggling with the new identity, desire to control the disease- do I control my illness or does it control me and social relationships are affected.
Conclusion: Inflammatory bowel disease is a distressing disease and can cause limitations in social life due to lack of knowledge by others about the disease. The affected felt a loss of control in their life due to the difficulty in managing the symptoms. They experienced a constant struggle and mixed emotions, such as anxiety, depression, stress, and denial of the disease, trying to feel like a healthy person.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 18 p.
Chronic illness, Crohns disease, experiences, inflammatory bowel diseases, ulcerative colitis
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-5440OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-5440DiVA: diva2:630038
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