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Needs during hospitalization: definitions and descriptions made by patients

Hallström, Inger LU and Elander, Gunnel (2001) In Nursing Ethics 8(5). p.409-418
Abstract
Patients are supposed to be given care according to their needs. This concept is, however, difficult to define and patients and caregivers may have different opinions about a patient's needs. Twenty patients were interviewed and asked to give a definition of need, describe their needs while hospitalized and depict what they do to make sure their needs are fulfilled. Ten groups of needs were identified: communication, basic care, contact with other people, behaviour of staff, empathy, competent caregivers, continuity, integrity, participation in decision making, and pain relief. The descriptions patients gave of how they ensured their needs were met could be divided into two groups: openly seeking attention; or not wanting to disturb the... (More)
Patients are supposed to be given care according to their needs. This concept is, however, difficult to define and patients and caregivers may have different opinions about a patient's needs. Twenty patients were interviewed and asked to give a definition of need, describe their needs while hospitalized and depict what they do to make sure their needs are fulfilled. Ten groups of needs were identified: communication, basic care, contact with other people, behaviour of staff, empathy, competent caregivers, continuity, integrity, participation in decision making, and pain relief. The descriptions patients gave of how they ensured their needs were met could be divided into two groups: openly seeking attention; or not wanting to disturb the staff. Interviews with patients emphasized the importance of recognizing that they have individual needs and varying abilities to see that their needs are fulfilled. (Less)
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identification, patients’ needs, satisfaction of needs
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Nursing Ethics
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8
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5
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409 - 418
publisher
SAGE Publications Inc.
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  • pmid:16004095
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1477-0989
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10.1177/096973300100800505
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English
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
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  publisher    = {SAGE Publications Inc.},
  series       = {Nursing Ethics},
  title        = {Needs during hospitalization: definitions and descriptions made by patients},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/096973300100800505},
  volume       = {8},
  year         = {2001},
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