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Att leva med en inflammatorisk tarmsjukdom
University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture.
University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [sv]

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.
Keyword [en]
Chronic illness, Crohns disease, experiences, inflammatory bowel diseases, ulcerative colitis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-5440OAI: diva2:630038
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Nursing science
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Available from: 2013-06-28 Created: 2013-06-18 Last updated: 2013-06-28Bibliographically approved

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