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I väntan på ett nytt hjärta.
University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
University of Skövde, School of Health and Education.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Waiting for a new heart (English)
Abstract [en]

Background: In Sweden the primary reason for heart transplants is severe heart failure. Heart transplants are performed both at Sahlgrenska University hospital and at Skånes University hospital. Patient undergoing several extensive investigations before he or she will be considered for the waiting list. Primary factor for receiving a heart is first of all the patient who is in the greatest need of a new heart and the patient most suited to receive the donated heart. Previous studies show that patients feel the waiting time to be unpredictable. Aim: To describe patients’ experiences of the time before a heart transplant. Method: Qualitative content analysis was used as the analysis method and seven blogs were applied. Results: Life is seen from a new and different perspective. A common factor for patients with heart failure was the physical limitation they felt. Life stopped for a while, and a waiting to regain “life” grew strong. Family and nursing staff was thought to play an important role. To maintain a positive attitude was thought to be a criterion to manage the anticipations. Conclusion: A patient waiting for a heart transplant experiences a change in their life world. To allow proper care it is important that the nurse recognizes this change and acknowledge it.

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2015. , 23 p.
Keyword [en]
Blog, expericence, heart transplant, lifeworld, waiting list
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-11721OAI: diva2:874625
Subject / course
Nursing/Nursing Science
Educational program
Nursing - Study Programme
Available from: 2015-12-07 Created: 2015-11-27 Last updated: 2015-12-07Bibliographically approved

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