Considering “the more” of patients suffering from alcohol use disorders. An illustration of acute nursing care from a lifeworld-led perspective

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Purpose: The purpose of this study is to illustrate a theoretical value framework for humanisation of healthcare, a lifeworld-led care that has the potential to support nurses in acute medical units in addressing and meeting both challenges and care needs expressed by patients suffering from alcohol use disorders. Providing care to these patients means working with a very divergent and complex group of patients. When hospitalised in an acute medical unit, nurses are often these patients' first encounter, which gives a unique opportunity to initiate and establish a successful care alliance. Method:  The present study is a qualitative study based on an amplified secondary analysis of 25 pre-conducted interviews. Following a hermeneutic approach, the analysis was structured in accordance with the conceptual value framework for humanisation of care, drawing on the recognition of the patients' lifeworld as an aspect of importance. Findings: The study showed that while there were examples of humanising care guided by the patients’ lifeworld present, there were also situations of care that were dehumanising. Conclusion: When letting the patients’ perspective of well-being be the centre of care, the patients’ experience of meaningfulness and sincerity within the provided care was nurtured, and they felt more humanly met.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1783860
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Research areas

  • Acute nursing care, alcohol use disorders, lifeworld-led care, nursing care, nursing practice, qualitative research, substance abuse

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