Lene Seibæk

Practices and Attitudes Concerning Endometriosis Among Nurses Specializing in Gynecology

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Endometriosis is a chronic disease affecting approximately 10% of fertile women. These women often have negative health care experiences. This study adds new knowledge about endometriosis care in a hospital setting and nurses’ attitudes toward the disease. To explore how the personal attitudes of gynecological nurses, their specialized knowledge, and their clinical experiences influenced the way they conceptualized and cared for women with endometriosis, participant observations and semistructured interviews were conducted. Categorization of patients into certain kinds, with more or less legitimate needs, provided an important framework for practice. Specialized knowledge qualified the nurses’ views of their patients and seemed to be conducive to sustained patient involvement. However, the organization of care based solely on medical specialization restricted a holistic approach. An important goal is, therefore, to investigate patients’ perspectives of health and illness and to create participatory relationships with patients, regardless of their diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
JournalGlobal Qualitative Nursing Research
Pages (from-to)1-12
Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2016

    Research areas

  • caregivers / caregiving, ethnography, illness and disease, interviews, quality of care

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