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The Room as Metaphor: Next-of-Kin’s Experiences in End-of-Life Care
Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden.
Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden; Mälardalen University College, Västerås, Sweden & Haraldsplass University College, Bergen, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0017-5188
2015 (English)In: International Journal of Palliative Care, ISSN 2356-7074, Vol. 357827, 357827Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The “room” in end-of-life is a phenomenon that needs deeper understanding as it is a dimension that shows how health and suffering are shaped. Research on the concept of room was chosen as theoretical foundation in this study in order to reach a profound understanding of the next-of-kin’s “room” in end-of-life care. Lassenius’s hermeneutic interpretation in metaphorical language was used as an deductive-inductive approach to the empirical data. The data material comprised 33 interviews with next-of-kin about their experiences of end-of-life care when being close to a relative dying from a cancer disease. The analysis of the data formed four cases: the Standby, the Asylum, the Wall, and the Place. These cases lend their voices to the experiences of the next-of-kin in the study. The findings of this study explain and may well assist nurses to understand the experiences of being next-of-kin in end-of-life care as forming a room of rest from the suffering, a room of controlling the suffering, a room of hiding from the suffering, and a room of belonging.

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New York, NY: Hindawi Publishing Corporation, 2015. Vol. 357827, 357827
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Medical and Health Sciences
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Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-30441DOI: 10.1155/2015/357827OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-30441DiVA: diva2:920897
Available from: 2016-03-03 Created: 2016-03-03 Last updated: 2016-04-19Bibliographically approved

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