Body, strength and movement*intensive care patients’ experienceof body
2008 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 3, 77-88 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study is about intensive care patients’ experience of strength, body and movement during critical illness in an intensivecare unit. The aim of the study is to inquire and understand the ways the body and its experience appear when thephenomena of strength and movement are altered. The data were collected through in-depth interviews with seven patientsand analysed from a phenomenological-hermeneutical point of view. The findings showed a body that refuses to cooperateand is often marginally able to cope with the situation at all. It showed relational bonding between the patients and healthpersonnel and/or significant others where the patients were overlooked and at the same time dependent on the same persons.They were waving between life and death through dimension of existence, which is contrasted to earlier experiences. Theyshowed feeling responsible for the family through a role in to reduce their fears. At the same time, they are in a continuousstruggle for life in which they balance between vague hope and a situation so challenging that the only thing left is grimhumour. They showed progressing and expectations where the slightest changes in the situation in a positive direction createa hope in them.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 3, 77-88 p.
Phenomenology, hermeneutics, body, strength, movement, intensive care patients
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:norden:org:diva-3723OAI: oai:DiVA.org:norden-3723DiVA: diva2:786378