Kirsten Frederiksen

Nurse-patient collaboration: A grounded theory study of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on non-invasive ventilation

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OBJECTIVES: This paper provides a theoretical account of nurses' collaboration with patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease during non-invasive ventilation treatment in hospital. BACKGROUND: Despite strong evidence for the effect of non-invasive ventilation treatment, success remains a huge challenge. Nurse-patient collaboration may be vital for treatment tolerance and success. A better understanding of how nurses and patients collaborate during non-invasive ventilation may therefore contribute to improvement in treatment success. DESIGN: A constant comparative classical grounded theory. METHOD: The data comprised sessions of qualitative participant observation during the treatment of 21 patients with non-invasive ventilation that included informal conversations with the nurses and semi-structured interviews with 11 patients after treatment completion. Data were collected at three intensive care units and one general respiratory ward in Denmark. RESULTS: Succeeding emerged as the nurses' main concern in the nurse-patient collaboration during non-invasive ventilation treatment. Four collaborative typologies emerged as processing their main concern: (1) twofold oriented collaboration; (2) well-being oriented collaboration; (3) outcome oriented collaboration; and (4) absent collaboration. CONCLUSIONS: This study offers a theoretical account of nurses' main concern and how they activate different ways of collaboration to achieve successful treatment. We offer a theoretical basis for developing complex interventions.
Translated title of the contributionEt grounded theory studie om KOL patienter i non-invasiv ventilationsbehandling: Sygeplejerske-patient samarbejde
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Studies
Pages (from-to)26-33
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013

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