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A Qualitative Study on The Role of Patient–Nurse Communication in Acute Cardiac Care
Mälardalen University, Sweden.
Mälardalen University, Sweden.
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH). (System safety in health care organizations)
2011 (English)In: Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, ISSN 1925-4040, Vol. 1, no 1, 17-24 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: This study aimed to illuminate the meaning of the patient–nurse communication during a hospital stay as narrated by patients after a myocardial infarction, MI.

Methods: Narrative interviews from 10 patients were analyzed, using a phenomenological-hermeneutic method.

Results: The nursing dialogue meant a safe mooring point on the trajectory from initial chaos after a MI to a reoriented life. Nurses’ presence and availability for non-verbal and verbal communication created a trustful relationship where new knowledge was acquired and motivational strength for life-style changes was mobilized. A person-centered perspective was preferred, where relatives were invited into the conversation.

Conclusions: These results highlight that patient–nurse communication based on the patient’s view is possible in acute care after MI, and is an issue of attitude rather than time. Trust lays the foundation for a person-centered communication and is developed through the nurse’s presence and availability not only in the emergency phase, but throughout hospitalization. Discussions focused on personal action plans with emphasis on the patient’s health assets may facilitate a successful rehabilitation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sciedu Press , 2011. Vol. 1, no 1, 17-24 p.
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-89247DOI: 10.5430/jnep.v1n1p17OAI: diva2:502874

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Available from: 2012-02-14 Created: 2012-02-14 Last updated: 2016-04-27Bibliographically approved

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