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Being Met as marked – patients’ experiences of beinginfected with community-acquired methicillin-resistantStaphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
Sahlgrenska Universitetssjukhuset Göteborg.
University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare.
University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare. Sahlgrenska Akademin.
Västra Götalands regionen.
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2015 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, doi: 10.1111/scs.12309Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: It is known that patients who acquiredmethicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in hospitalssuffer and feel as plague. Moreover, the patientinteraction with nurses and physicians is described asfrightening. Little is known about patient experiencesafter having acquired CA-MRSA concerning care andeveryday life.Aim: To reveal and interpret otherwise healthy patients’lived experiences of receiving care and their everyday lifeafter having acquired community MRSA (CA-MRSA).Methods: A phenomenological hermeneutic approachguided by Ricouer was conducted. Interviews withtwelve patients were transcribed verbatim into a text.The text was analysed in three phases: naive understanding,structural analysis and comprehensive understandingto reveal a possible being in the world. In thisstudy, this referred to what it means to be infected withCA-MRSA.Results: The findings indicate that patients who acquiredMRSA experience a changed body image. They sufferfrom ignorant and frightened behavior from healthcareworkers, social contacts, and also of being bullied by colleagues.Despite this, patients assume great responsibilityfor protecting others. However, knowledgeable staff alleviatesuffering and bring peace of mind to the patients.Conclusions: Preventing patient’s feelings of being a pest,an outsider living with fear, requires urgent educationand understanding about resistant bacteria and how tomeet an infected patient. The results describing patients,affected with MRSA, may contribute and touch the readersto better understanding of patient’s changed bodyimage and suffering and how to mitigate these feelings.

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Wiley Blackwell, 2015. doi: 10.1111/scs.12309
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methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, patient, experience, abject, outsider, vulnerable, interaction, nursing, ignorance.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-8740DOI: 10.1111/scs.12309OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-8740DiVA: diva2:899177
Available from: 2016-02-01 Created: 2016-02-01 Last updated: 2017-05-02

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