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Hur familjen till en patient med diagnosen schizofreni kan uppleva sjukdomen och dess inverkan på vardagen

by Arvidsson, Elisabeth; Fallgren, Charlotta

Abstract (Summary)
The diagnosis of schizophrenia has a direct effect on the family of the individual diagnosed. It’s a complex disease with several symptoms which generally debut in the ages between 15-35. The responsibilities of the nurses involve both support and information to both patient and close relatives. In order to fulfil these requirements the nurse must have an understanding of the affect the disease has, not only on the patient but also his or hers close family members. The aim of the study is, by using presently available research, to describe how the family of a patient with the diagnosis schizophrenia could experience the illness and its influence on their everyday-life. The result of a study of 12 scientific articles shows that the relatives experience great worry, stress and burden. They also experience feelings like sorrow and guilt, but still they feel hope. The study shows that there generally is a large waiting time for psychiatric care and that relatives desire for more direct information and support from health care professionals. The result can contribute to a nurses greater understanding of the relatives experiences, feelings and needs.
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School:Högskolan i Skövde

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:schizophrenia family experience care

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Date of Publication:05/31/2008

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