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Patienters upplevelser av att behandlas med medicinsk cannabis vid kronisk smärta: En litteraturstudie
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare.
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Patient´s experiences of being treated with medical cannabis in chronic pain : A litterature-based survey (English)
Abstract [sv]

Kronisk smärta är ett utbrett problem och konventionell farmakologisk smärtbehandling upplevs otillräcklig av många patienter. Medicinsk cannabis (MC) diskuteras idag som ett smärtlindringsalternativ, men mer forskning rekommenderas inom området för att fastställa riskerna förenade med kort- och långtidsbehandling. Syftet med litteraturstudien var att undersöka patienters upplevelse av MC som smärtlindrande behandling vid kronisk smärta. En induktiv ansats valdes, varav tre artiklar med kvalitativ ansats, sju artiklar med kvantitativ ansats samt en mixad-metod artikel, inkluderades i resultatet. En analys av materialet genomfördes och teman med tillhörande subteman utformades. I resultatet redovisas olika aspekter, som påverkar upplevelsen av behandling med MC. Stigmatisering kring MC upplevdes förekomma från både omgivning och hälso- och sjukvårdspersonal. Reducerad smärtpåverkan, upplevd ökad livskvalitet och reducering av andra läkemedel var andra aspekter som redovisades, men även oönskade effekter av läkemedlet visade sig förekomma. Litteraturstudien visar att sjuksköterskor bör erhålla kunskap om läkemedlet, samt upplevelsen av det, för att kunna bemöta och informera patienter som efterfrågar denna behandling mot kronisk smärta. Sjuksköterskor behöver samtidigt vara medvetna om risker förenade med läkemedlet och arbeta proaktivt för att undvika att det hanteras fel och missbrukas.

Abstract [en]

Chronic pain is a widespread issue and conventional analgesic treatment is insufficient for many patients. Medical cannabis (MC) is discussed today as a pain management alternative but more research is recommended in the field to determine the risks associated with short-term and long-term treatment. The aim of this literature-based study was to explore patient´s experiences of MC as an analgesic treatment in chronic pain. An inductive approach was chosen, of which three articles with a qualitative approach, seven articles with a quantitative approach and a mixed-method article were included in the result. An analysis of the content was conducted and themes with associated subthemes were designed. The result presents different aspects that affect the experience of MC as a treatment. Stigmatization related to MC was found to occur from both the surrounding sphere and healthcare staff. Reduced pain-intensity, increased quality of life and reduction of other drugs were reported. The literature study shows that nurses should acquire knowledge about the drug as well as the experience of it, in order to respond to and inform patients who request this treatment for chronic pain. Nurses also need to be aware of the potential risks of the drug with, for example, adverse effects and risk of further abuse, and work proactively to avoid this. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 28
Keywords [en]
Chronic pain, experience, medical cannabis, medical marijuana, patient
Keywords [sv]
Kronisk smärta, medicinsk cannabis, medicinsk marijuana, patient, upplevelse
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Medical and Health Sciences Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-38210OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-38210DiVA, id: diva2:1258482
Educational program
Nursing Programme, 180 credits
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Available from: 2018-10-30 Created: 2018-10-24 Last updated: 2018-10-30Bibliographically approved

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