Sjuksköterskors upplevelser av att kommunicera med närstående vid palliativ vård på somatiska vårdavdelningar : En intervjustudie

by Brandel, Marie; Brühn-Wahlström, Emma

Abstract (Summary)
Palliative care is a total care at a time when the disease is no longer responsive to curative treatment. Palliative care is available at home, at hospice, palliative units or in hospitals. In year 2003 almost 35 000 people of 80 000 people died at Swedish hospitals. In the palliative care nurses are caring for both patients and relatives. Relatives need individual support and want more information and involvement in the care. Nurse’s experiences of communications can sometimes be difficult and stressful. The aim of the study was to describe nurse’s experiences of communication with relatives in palliative care on somatic wards. A qualitative method was used, and eight nurses at three different medical wards have been interviewed. Four themes were found in the result of the nurse’s experiences of communication, to create relations, to be honest, to give support and to become touched. The conclusion showed that the nurses are concerned to show dignity in the communication to relatives. Communication between nurses and doctors needs to be improved because the nurses shouldn’t be limited in the communication to the relatives.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Högskolan i Skövde

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:palliative care communication nurse relatives somatic ward


Date of Publication:01/28/2008

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