Närståendes upplevelser av omvårdnad vid bipolär sjukdom
: En allmän litteraturstudie

Translated title of the thesis: Relative’s experiences of care in bipolar disorder: a general literature study
  • Maja Gustafsson
  • Zara Johansson

Student thesis: Bachelor


Background: Bipolar disorder involves switches between emotional highs and lows. The illness can affect the cognitive ability, which can be experienced as troublesome. Research has shown that relatives of a person with chronic illness risk deteriorating mental health and the importance of paying attention to needs and offering support to patients as well as relatives. Relatives who are seen as a resource in nursing can be beneficial to the patient. By combining a person-centered approach with systemic theory a deeper understanding of the person's entirety can be grasped, which facilitates supportive and preventive interventions. Aim: The aim was to describe care in bipolar disorder based on the experiences of close relatives. Method: The design is a general literature study based on eleven qualitative articles. Selected articles has mainly been gathered via the databases Cinahl Complete and PsychINFO. Selected articles were reviewed according to HKR's review template for qualitative articles. Friberg's (2017) five-step model was used in the analysis. Result: Participation in the care could reduce suffering and promote health. Knowledge and explanation were important conditions for participation. Relatives who were excluded from the healthcare system felt that the responsibility was transferred to them. The responsibility generated need for recovery and support such as conversational support. Discussion: The study method was discussed based on Shenton's (2004) concept of credibility. The discussion of the results is based on three main findings: communication as a condition for participation in care, participation reduces the burden of responsibility and the importance of conversational support. The findings were discussed from a systemic approach theory.
Date of Award2021-Dec
Original languageSwedish
SupervisorCecilia Gardsten (Supervisor) & Susanne Lindskov (Examiner)

Educational program

  • Study Programme in Nursing

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Nursing (30305)


  • Relatives
  • Bipolar
  • Experience
  • Care
  • Participation
  • Literature study

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