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Patient's experiences of sleep in hospital: a qualitative interview study
Sophiahemmet University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1372-7757
Sophiahemmet University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9512-3374
Sophiahemmet University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3883-468X
2014 (English)In: Journal of Research in Nursing, ISSN 1744-9871, Vol. 19, no 3, 176-188 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Many patients experience sleep disturbances and a reduced quality of sleep while hospitalised. Studies have shown that a person with a disease and/or a bodily injury has an increased need for sleep. Patients' experiences of sleep should govern how sleep disturbances should be managed. It is thus necessary to focus upon and describe patients’ needs and experiences. The aim of this study was to explore and describe patients’ experiences of sleeping in hospital. This study is based on qualitative semi-structured interviews with 10 consecutively included patients. The interviews were conducted between October 2010 and March 2011 and were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim. Collected data were analysed by qualitative content analysis. The participants reported physical and psychological experiences that had affected their sleep. Their experiences were categorised using four themes: bedside manner, physical factors, being involved and integrity. Patients considered that experiencing some degree of control, feeling involved and preserving one’s integrity affect sleep during hospitalisation. Several factors have an impact on patients’ sleep. It is not only physical factors but also psychological factors such as bedside manner and having the opportunity to influence and be involved. The patients’ accounts provide a new perspective and open the door to changes in nursing care regarding patients’ sleep.

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2014. Vol. 19, no 3, 176-188 p.
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Bedside manner, Experiences, Nursing care, Patient, Person-centred, Sleep
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URN: urn:nbn:se:shh:diva-1379DOI: 10.1177/1744987113490415OAI: diva2:633043
Available from: 2013-06-26 Created: 2013-06-26 Last updated: 2014-10-15Bibliographically approved

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