Hur patienter som drabbats av strokeupplever ätsvårigheter

Translated title of the thesis: How patients affected by a stroke experience eating difficulties
  • Johan Dillenz
  • Emil Westrup

    Student thesis: Professional degree, Basic level


    Aim: The aim of this study was to highlight the stroke affected patients' experience of eating difficulties. Background: Each year approximately 33 000 people are diagnosed with stroke in Sweden. About half of them experience eating difficulties. Eating difficulties are defined as difficulties that alone or together cause a negatively affect to the preparation and ingestion of food and drink. Method: This is a literature review of articles from three different databases: PsycInfo, Cinahl and Pubmed. The analysis of the articles was done by finding text content in articles that met the aim of the study. These formed then the categories as shown in the results. Results: Four categories of experiences emerged in the results: New chewing and swallowing problem, Impaired dining experience and stamina, Fear of not being able toc ontrol the food intake and Shame for ones table manners. Conclusion: The nurse can with acorrect assessment of the patient's eating problems help the patient avoid negative experiences. If patients feel shame and hide their eating problems can it result in not beingable to complete a meal. This in turn can lead to decreased food intake and a worsening health condition. With an individual approach to the patient's experience of shame and fear the nurse can try to get the patient to express how they feel, and this way improve the eating difficulties.

    Date of Award2011-Feb-23
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorAnn-Marie Nilsson (Supervisor)

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Nursing (30305)


    • experience
    • stroke
    • eating difficulties
    • shame
    • fear

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