Palliativ vård i hemsjukvården
: En litteraturstudie om patienters, anhörigas och sjuksköterskors erfarenheter

Translated title of the thesis: Palliative care in home nursing: A literature study on patients, families and nurses experiences
  • Caroline Stedt
  • Angelica Isaksson Sandström

    Student thesis: Professional degree, Advanced level


    Background: To be cared for and to die at home in a familiar and well-known environment implicates for the vast majority a sense of security. For many families, it is obvious to live close to the dying and take responsibility for nursing care. From a systems theory perspective, the family can be likened to a mobile, the imbalance affects every member of the family. The purpose of this study was to illuminate the patient's, next of kin's and nurses' experiences of palliative care at home to get a better understanding of nurses' role in this context. Method: Literature study in which previous research on this subject were examined and compiled. The study consists of twelve articles from various scientific journals. Results: to be cared for and die at home had a significant impact on patient quality of life. Nurse's support and commitment can often be crucial if the patient dies at home, in hospice or in hospital. The willingness of relatives to care could be greater than the ability to cope with. Nurse's task was to try to read and respond to patients 'and next of kin's needs. Building a good relationship with the family proved to be of paramount importance in palliative home care. Conclusion: A good communication with family members creates the conditions for a good relationship. It is a difficult but important balance for the nurse to identify and meet the needs of each family.

    Date of Award2010-Apr-26
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorKerstin Samarasinghe (Supervisor)

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Nursing (30305)


    • patient
    • next-of-kin
    • district nurse
    • palliative care
    • home care
    • experiences

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