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To survive out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: a search for meaning and coherence
University of Borås, School of Health Science.
University of Borås, School of Health Science.
2009 (English)In: Qualitative Health Research, ISSN 1049-7323, E-ISSN 1552-7557, Vol. 19, no 3, p. 323-338Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The primary responsibility of prehospital emergency personnel at out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) is to provide lifesaving care. Ethical considerations, decisions, and actions should be based in the patient's beliefs about health and well-being. In this article, we describe patients' experiences of surviving OHCA. By using a phenomenological approach, we focus on how OHCA influences patients' well-being over time. Nine survivors were interviewed. Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is described as a sudden and elusive threat, an awakening in perplexity, and the memory gap as a loss of coherence. Survival means a search for coherence with distressing and joyful understanding, as well as existential insecurity exposed by feelings of vulnerability. Well-being is found through a sense of coherence and meaning in life. The study findings show survivors' emotional needs and a potential for prehospital emergency personnel to support them as they try to make sense of what has happened to them.

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Sage Publications , 2009. Vol. 19, no 3, p. 323-338
Keywords [en]
quality of life, phenomenology, emergency medical services, acute illness and disease, heart health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-2624DOI: 10.1177/1049732309331866Local ID: 2320/5426OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-2624DiVA, id: diva2:870718
Available from: 2015-11-13 Created: 2015-11-13 Last updated: 2017-11-24Bibliographically approved

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