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”I närheten av död och sjukdom blir livet mer tydligt” Kuratorers upplevelser och erfarenheter av arbete med patienter i livets slutskede

Nylén, Evelina LU (2010) SOPA63 20101
School of Social Work
Abstract
ABSTRACT

Author: Evelina Nylén
Title: Close to death and illness, life becomes more apparent. Hospital welfare officers´ experiences of working with terminally ill patients. [translated title]
Supervisor: Kristina Göransson
Assessor: Torbjörn Hjort

The main purpose of this study was to examine how hospital welfare officers in a hospice environment experience their work with terminally ill patients. The study was based on semi structured interviews with five hospice welfare officers. Four themes were identified to examine how the welfare officers experienced their work. These themes included the professional role, experiences of the work, pleasures and difficulties in the work and coping strategies. Aaron Antonovsky´s concept SOC... (More)
ABSTRACT

Author: Evelina Nylén
Title: Close to death and illness, life becomes more apparent. Hospital welfare officers´ experiences of working with terminally ill patients. [translated title]
Supervisor: Kristina Göransson
Assessor: Torbjörn Hjort

The main purpose of this study was to examine how hospital welfare officers in a hospice environment experience their work with terminally ill patients. The study was based on semi structured interviews with five hospice welfare officers. Four themes were identified to examine how the welfare officers experienced their work. These themes included the professional role, experiences of the work, pleasures and difficulties in the work and coping strategies. Aaron Antonovsky´s concept SOC (sense of coherence) was used as a theoretical framework to analyse the experiences. A conclusion was that the participants all regarded their work as multifaceted and took pleasure in the contact with the patients. Facing children, either as patients or relatives, were concidered one of the most difficult aspects of the work, as were putting up professional boundaries to keep from stress and burnout. Several of the participants had experienced a change in their approach to life and death. Many of them expressed a greater appreciation of life due to their close contact with death and bereavement. The participants also described good relationships to colleagues within different professions. Beside supervision, these colleagues constituted important supporting factors in the daily work. Family, friends and recreational activities were other important supporting factors. (Less)
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Nylén, Evelina LU
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SOPA63 20101
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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hospital welfare officers, coping strategies, hospice, SOC, terminally ill patients
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Swedish
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1613931
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  abstract     = {ABSTRACT

Author: Evelina Nylén
Title: Close to death and illness, life becomes more apparent. Hospital welfare officers´ experiences of working with terminally ill patients. [translated title]
Supervisor: Kristina Göransson
Assessor: Torbjörn Hjort

The main purpose of this study was to examine how hospital welfare officers in a hospice environment experience their work with terminally ill patients. The study was based on semi structured interviews with five hospice welfare officers. Four themes were identified to examine how the welfare officers experienced their work. These themes included the professional role, experiences of the work, pleasures and difficulties in the work and coping strategies. Aaron Antonovsky´s concept SOC (sense of coherence) was used as a theoretical framework to analyse the experiences. A conclusion was that the participants all regarded their work as multifaceted and took pleasure in the contact with the patients. Facing children, either as patients or relatives, were concidered one of the most difficult aspects of the work, as were putting up professional boundaries to keep from stress and burnout. Several of the participants had experienced a change in their approach to life and death. Many of them expressed a greater appreciation of life due to their close contact with death and bereavement. The participants also described good relationships to colleagues within different professions. Beside supervision, these colleagues constituted important supporting factors in the daily work. Family, friends and recreational activities were other important supporting factors.},
  author       = {Nylén, Evelina},
  keyword      = {hospital welfare officers,coping strategies,hospice,SOC,terminally ill patients},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {”I närheten av död och sjukdom blir livet mer tydligt” Kuratorers upplevelser och erfarenheter av arbete med patienter i livets slutskede},
  year         = {2010},
}