Erfarenheter av att leva med osteoporos hos kvinnor över 50 års ålder
: En kvalitativ litteraturstudie

Translated title of the thesis: Women’s experiences of living with osteoporosis after the age of 50: A qualitative literature study
  • Erica Jönsson
  • Julia Wilsson

Student thesis: Bachelor


Background: Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bone density. Women are
overrepresented because the disease is linked to the production of the female
hormone estrogen. The estrogenproduction reduces when a woman enters
menopause and then the risk of getting the diagnosis increases in conjuction with menopause. Osteoporosis increases the risk of fractures which results in
consequences both for the individual and the society as individual suffering and
social costs. Aim: This study aimed to examine women’s experiences of living
with osteoporosis after the age of 50. Method: A litteratery study with a
qualitative approach based on eleven articles. Articles were found in two different databases which had a nursing care focus. The articles were reviewed according to HKR:s review template for qualitative articles and then analyzed using the Friberg model (2017) in five steps. Results: Women’s experiences of living with osteoporosis resulted in three main categories: The disease is not allowed to affect life, Emotions that impede everyday-life and To support oneself and get support from others. Discussion: The discussion was based on three keyfindings. The women didn’t perceive the information about osteoporosis in a way that made them take the disease seriously. Information from the healthcare was deficient or hard to understand which made the women confused. Some women had been given information in a way that made them scared about the consequences of the disease and careful in a way that affected their everyday-life. Conclusion: Women’s experiences of living with osteoporosis can with help and support from the healthcare result in a more positive attitude towards life. Competent staff and personcentered care are prerequisites to get there. With help and support is the ambition is to increase the women’s understanding about osteoporosis, reduce the fear and loneliness but also increase the safety that the individual experiences.
Date of Award2021-Dec
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorAnna Pålsson (Supervisor) & Marie Nilsson (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Study Programme in Nursing

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Nursing (30305)

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