Women’s experiences of daily life after anterior cervical decompression and fusion surgery: A qualitative interview study
2016 (English)In: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, ISSN 1650-1977, E-ISSN 1651-2081, Vol. 48, no 4, 352-358 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Subjects: Fourteen women aged 39-62 years (median 52 years), were included 1.5 to 3 years after ACDF for cervical degenerative disc disease.
Methods: Individual semi-structured interviews were analyzed by qualitative content analysis with an inductive approach.
Results: The women described their experiences of daily life in five different ways; Experiences of recovery; Experiences of symptoms in daily life influence feelings and thoughts; Making daily life work; Importance of social and occupational networks; Experiences of the influence of healthcare professionals and interventions on daily life.
Conclusion: This interview study provides insight into women’s daily life after ACDF. While improved after surgery, informants also experienced remaining symptoms and limitations in daily life. A variety of mostly active coping strategies were used to manage daily life. Social support from family, friends, occupational networks and healthcare professionals positively influenced daily life. These findings provide knowledge on aspects of daily life that should be considered in individualized postoperative care and rehabilitation in an attempt to provide better outcomes in women after ACDF.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala, Sweden: Stiftelsen Rehabiliteringsinformation /Foundation for Rehabilitation Information , 2016. Vol. 48, no 4, 352-358 p.
Daily life, cervical spine, research interview, content analysis
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-117344DOI: 10.2340/16501977-2076ISI: 000372456100005PubMedID: 26999327OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-117344DiVA: diva2:807481
Funding agencies: NSC FoU-fond; County Council of Ostergotland2015-04-232015-04-232016-04-20Bibliographically approved