Åshild Slettebø

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Much is known about the phenomenon of dignity, yet there is still a need for implementing this understanding in clinical practice. The main purpose of this study was to find out how persons suffering from multiple sclerosis experience and understand dignity and violation in the context of a rehabilitation ward. A phenomenological-hermeneutic approach was(More)
In this article, an attempt is made to analyse important implications of the hermeneutic approach in qualitative studies. The article discusses the hermeneutic circle with regard to reasoning contexts, on which the researcher's interpretation is based. Problems in connection with achievement of 'proper' understanding in an interpretative process are(More)
In a Norwegian study on how children aged 7-12 years cope during a period of serious illness within the family and on their quality of life at this time, several ethical questions became apparent. These were mainly concerned with the vulnerability of children during research, with their ability to make autonomous decisions, and with considerations regarding(More)
TITLE Dignity in the life of people with head injuries. AIM This paper is a report of a study conducted to determine how people who suffer from head injuries perceive respect for their dignity and to discover what patients mean by the concept of 'dignity'. BACKGROUND We know something about what the phenomenon of dignity means. However, we still lack(More)
Ethical problems regularly arise during daily care in nursing homes. These include violation of patients' right to autonomy and to be treated with respect. The aim of this study was to investigate how caregivers emphasize daily dialogue and mutual reflection to reach moral alternatives in daily care. The data were collected by participant observation and(More)
The aim of this article is to show the importance of moral sensitivity when including persons with dementia in research. The article presents and discusses ethical challenges encountered when a total of 15 persons with dementia from two nursing homes and seven proxies were included in a qualitative study. The examples show that the ethical challenges may be(More)
BACKGROUND A fair distribution of healthcare services for older patients is an important challenge, but qualitative research exploring clinicians' consideration in daily clinical prioritisation in healthcare services for the aged is scarce. OBJECTIVES To explore what kind of criteria, values, and other relevant considerations are important in clinical(More)
BACKGROUND Health professionals are required to collect data from standardized tests when assessing older patients' functional ability. Such data provide quantifiable documentation on health outcomes. Little is known, however, about how physiotherapists and occupational therapists who administer standardized tests use test information in their daily(More)
AIM This paper is a discussion of the similarities and differences in baccalaureate nursing education programme structures, content and pathways to postbaccalaureate education in the Scandinavian countries. BACKGROUND For the last three decades nursing education internationally, as well as in the Scandinavian countries, has experienced ongoing reforms.(More)
The aim of this article is to investigate how life in Norwegian nursing homes may affect experiences of dignity among persons with dementia. The study had a qualitative design and used a phenomenological and hermeneutic approach. Participant observation in two nursing home units was combined with qualitative interviews with five residents living in these(More)