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Patients' experiences of care at hip fracture

  • Nilsson, Johanna
  • Peltoniemi, Tove
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2017
DiVA - Academic Archive On-line
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Background: The average age of suffering a hip fracture is 80 years, and the causes are falls tendency and osteoporosis. The majority of those who suffer from a hip fracture are female. To suffer a hip fracture could mean great suffering, it is often very painful, both at the time of the injury, but also during the hospital stay. Aim: To describe patients' experiences of care at hip fracture. Method: This study was conducted as a literature review, in which ten articles were included. The databases used in this study was Cinahl, Psycinfo, PubMed and Web of Science. Results: The results were based on ten articles, which were of qualitative and quantitative methods. The patients' experiences of care at hip fracture resulted in three categories: communication and information, treatment and safety and pain and pain relief. The patients wanted to be involved and receive ongoing information regarding their care. When patients experienced themselves as vulnerable the touch from the nursing staff created a sense of security. Pain relief was important for patients to feel the well-being and not have pain. Conclusion: Patients' experiences of information, security, treatment, pain and pain relief are all affected by communication. It is important for nurses to identify each patient's individual circumstances and needs in order to be able to adapt the information, communication and self-care to meet each patient's needs.

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