Background: When a person's ability to eat orally becomes impaired, enteral nutrition may be an adequate option for preventing malnutrition. Life with enteral nutrition is affected for patients and even in the relationship with relatives is affected especially for those patients who receive their nutrition at home. Enteral nutrition becomes a change in the patient's life, which leads to a transition that affects the individual physically, psychologically, existentially and socially. Due to various medical conditions, the patient can live with a feeling of unsatisfactory. Purpose: To describe patients' experiences of living with enteral nutrition. Method:. It is a general literature study based on 10 qualitative articles. The searches were conducted in two databases and the article review used the audit template from HKR. Last, an analysis process was carried out based on Friberg's three-step model. Results: The patient's everyday life changed and became limited in connection with enteral nutrition. Patients felt that enteral nutrition governed everyday life and the feeling of loneliness arose. Through a sense of gratitude that there is a treatment to survive, patients were able to adjust their everyday lives and accept the new circumstances. Conclusions: Life with enteral nutrition was a major transformation for patients. The nurse should develop her knowledge in the field of enteral nutrition in order to maintain an educational role, but also to be able to start from the subjective experience of the patient's situation.
|Date of Award||2022-Jun|
|Supervisor||Jonas Carlström (Supervisor) & Marie Rask (Examiner)|
- Study Programme in Nursing
- Enteral nutrition