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Patienters erfarenheter av hälsa vid tidig reumatoid artrit
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Experience of health for patients with early rheumatoid arthritis (English)
Abstract [en]

Background Living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can cause pain and disability. RA can result in sick leave and increased medical costs. There is a lack of studies on experience of health among pa-tients with early RA. Aim To describe the experience of health for patients with early RA. Method Individual interviews with 20 patients diagnosed with RA less than one year ago, were analyzed with qualitative content analysis with inductive approach. The analysis resulted in eight subcatego-ries and four categories. Results Patients with early RA describe health gives freedom through inde-pendence and painlessness, health brings joy in spite of disease, health provides safety by being able to work and being able to participate in family life and health gives physical and mental strength. Conclusion Patients experienced that they could be healthy although they had a chronic disease and hoped to resume their health and lifestyle as it was prior to their diagnosis. Health was related to feelings of freedom, joy of life, security and power, important factors for managing eve-ryday life when changes occurred due to a chronic illness. Knowledge of the patient group’s experi-ence of health enables more targeted, person-centered interventions, which can help patients achieve better health and lifestyle.

Abstract [sv]

Bakgrund Att leva med reumatoid artrit (RA) kan innebära lidande i form av smärta och funktionsbortfall vilket påverkar livsstilen. RA kan också resultera i sjukskrivningar och ökade vårdkostnader. Studier saknas om hur hälsa upplevs av patienter med tidig RA. Syfte Att beskriva patienters erfarenheter av hälsa vid tidig RA Metod Individuella semistrukturerade intervjuer med 20 patienter som haft RA mindre än ett år analyserades med kvalitativ innehållsanalys med induktiv ansats. Analysen utmynnade i åtta subkategorier och fyra kategorier. Resultat Patienter med tidig RA beskriver att hälsa ger frihet genom oberoende och smärtfrihet, att hälsa ger livsglädje och livslust trots sjukdom, att hälsa ger trygghet genom att kunna arbeta och delta i familjelivet samt att hälsa ger kraft genom fysisk och psykisk styrka. Slutsats Patienter med tidig RA upplevde att de kunde ha hälsa trots sjukdomen och önskade kunna närma sig den hälsa och livsstil de hade innan de fick sin diagnos. Hälsa hos patienter upplevdes ge en frihet, livsglädje, trygghet och kraft som var betydelsefullt för att klara av vardagen när livet förändrades av kronisk sjukdom. Kunskap om patientgruppens erfarenheter av hälsa möjliggör mer riktade, personcentrerade interventioner vilket kan hjälpa patientgruppen att uppnå bättre hälsa och livsstil.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 22
Keywords [en]
Health, patients’ experiences, qualitative content analysis, rheumatoid arthritis
Keywords [sv]
Hälsa, kvalitativ innehållsanalys, patienters erfarenheter, reumatoid artrit
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Other Medical Sciences not elsewhere specified
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-37367OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-37367DiVA, id: diva2:1228597
Subject / course
Health and lifestyle
Educational program
Master's Programme in Health and Lifestyle, 120 credits
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Available from: 2018-07-11 Created: 2018-06-28 Last updated: 2018-07-11Bibliographically approved

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