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To Handle the Unexpected: The meaning of caring in pre-hospital emergency care
University of Borås, School of Health Science.
University of Borås, School of Health Science.
2012 (English)In: International Emergency Nursing, ISSN 1755-599X, E-ISSN 1878-013X, Vol. 20, no 1, p. 33-41Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The patient’s voice has not been present to the same degree as the professional perspective in caring research in a pre-hospital context. In order to further develop and improve pre-hospital care, it is therefore important to explore patients’ situations not only in life threatening but also in non-traumatic situations. This is especially important as these patients might be defined as inappropriate attendees of ambulance services. The aim of this study was to interpret and explain experiences of caring in pre-hospital care situations that are not defined as traumatic or life threatening. Twenty informants aged between 34 and 82 years were interviewed. The design of the study was exploratory, and it used an interpretative approach in order to understand the meaning of pre-hospital caring. The findings show that pre-hospital caring can be understood and explained as a matter of interplay between carer(s) and patient with potentials for positive as well as negative outcomes. Our conclusion is that the initial meeting is of vital importance in how patients experience pre-hospital care. It is suggested that general public information on the development of Swedish pre-hospital care received in turn may facilitate the first encounter between patient and carer(s).

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2012. Vol. 20, no 1, p. 33-41
Keyword [en]
patient experience, pre-hospital care, ambulance services
Keyword [sv]
Vårdvetenskap - Prehospital akutsjukvård
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Nursing
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Integrated Caring Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-3227DOI: 10.1016/j.ienj.2011.03.001ISI: 000314902800006PubMedID: 22243716Local ID: 2320/9757OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-3227DiVA, id: diva2:871324
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