Patientens upplevelser under pågående behandling av ätstörningar : En litteraturstudie

by Eklund, Emelie; Norbäck, Veronica

Abstract (Summary)
The aim of this descriptive literature study was to describe the patients’ experience of the need for social support and the choice of coping strategies during treatment for eating disorders. Further, the authors wanted to describe the relationship with the parents and also to highlight the caring relationship between nurse and patient. Results that came to light, concerning the patients’ experience, were that patients with eating disorders, in a majority of studies, indicated a deficient social network. The authors´ studies point out a need for social support in the convalescence and a need for assistance when it comes to changing coping strategies in stressful situations or events. Furthermore, the authors also intend to seek strategies for successfully changing the dysfunctional eating behaviour. The family should be seen as a resource in the treatment without challenging the patients’ autonomy. Further, the family plays an important role to encourage new patterns of behaviour and to provide support and help during the patients’ treatment. Building a lasting relationship between patient and nurse is a significant part of the nursing care and thus an important step in the recovery process. The nurses´ caring work with this patient group can consist of help for patients to identify strategies for seeking social support in addition to facilitating the communication between the patient and its family. In order to provide these patients the possibility of good nursing care, it requires that nurses have basic knowledge about eating disorders, which the nurses should be prepared for during their education.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Högskolan i Gävle

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:eating disorders social support family the nursing relationship


Date of Publication:04/10/2008

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