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Meanings of being old and living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Authors
  • Elofsson, Linnéa Carling
  • Ohlén, Joakim
Type
Published Article
Journal
Palliative medicine
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2004
Volume
18
Issue
7
Pages
611–618
Identifiers
PMID: 15540669
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The aim of this study was to achieve a deeper understanding of the meaning of the lived experiences of elderly persons who are severely ill with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and in need of everyday care. Narratives from dialogues with six persons were interpreted using phenomenological-hermeneutic methodology. The structural analyses showed severe problems in daily life due to old age with a decaying body and dialectic experiences of resignation-contentedness, loneliness-connectedness, and being homeless-being at home. The interpreted whole reveals that life, suffering and comfort must be understood as an interlaced experience where ageing is just as important as the experience of illness. These elderly people's concerns and problems due to old age, a decaying body and being severely ill with COPD call for palliative and comfort care and thus challenge all professionals involved in their care.

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