Self-injection is a success

Publikation: KonferencebidragPosterForskning

  • Jonna Gintberg Jensen
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  • Henriette Brahe Høi, Medicinsk Endokrinologisk Afdeling MEA, Danmark
Background: 29 of the 120 patients with Acromegaly, which annually comes to control at Aarhus University Hospital, are in lifelong Ipstyl treatment. Ipstyl, which is a viscous composition, is injected with a rather large needle. This requires both mental energy, skill and muscle power. Therefore these people have so far received injections from their own doctor.
Many of the 29 feel healthy, are on the labor market and live a normal life. Therefore, it may be a recurring nuisance having to consult their physician monthly to get the injection. On this background, it is believed that self-injection will increase the individual's quality of life.
For that reason this project on quality assurance of the 29 citizens current quality of life, if they want training for self-administration in our hospital unit, and follow-up contact about how self-injections are going on.

Method for data generation:
Data Protection Agency authorizes
Written information to the 29 citizens - feedback from 21
Review and approval of 'Regional Research Ethics Committees' isn’t relevant
Preparation of interview guide consisting of validated questions
Telephone Interviews
Training in self-injection, inclusive material and carrying out qualitative interviews
Transcription of interview material
Follow-up telephone interviews
Analysis (Steiner Kvale's three operational levels)

Significant findings:
Causes of training for self-administration is desired.
Family doctor injects quickly – which gives bruising, and may bleed profusely, and hurt the rest of the day. Dents occur, who almost disappears from time to time.
No talk with their doctor about everyday things, only at the beginning
Injection days can be varied by private activities
Hygiene important - lack of hand hygiene gave infection by the GP
Solves practical problems (transport, fatigue)
Freedom to plan
Feel confident in yourself to take injections

Experiences after repeatedly self-injection:
Evening injection - you will sleep from nausea
When I inject, it makes less evil, I know when spotted coming and it does not bleed.
Opinion: "I can only recommend others to learn it yourself, it works so well."

Implications for clinical practice:
Encourage training for self-administration when the other comes to annual checks
Possibly encourage persons who do self-injections to write 20 lines
about why they think it’s going well (this could be dispensed to patients who come to control)
Udgivelsesår16 maj 2016
Antal sider1
StatusUdgivet - 16 maj 2016
BegivenhedECE2015 - University of Dublin, Dublin , Irland
Varighed: 16 maj 201520 maj 2015


LokationUniversity of Dublin


  • Selvinjektion, Ipstyl, Akromegali

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