Elsy E Athlin

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Only a small proportion of cancer patients undergo radical radiotherapy to the head and neck, but their needs are particularly complex. Although extensive research describes the side-effects of radiotherapy to the head and neck, few studies focus on patients' subjective experiences of eating problems and the impact these have on the patients' daily life. In(More)
This descriptive study aimed to examine the occurrence and treatment of eating problems, and their causes and consequences during the trajectory of care for patients with head and neck cancer treated with radiotherapy. The method used was a review of patient records, conducted by means of an audit instrument developed for the study. The instrument audits(More)
The purpose of this study was to acquire a deeper understanding of head and neck cancer patients' lived experiences of daily life during the trajectory of care, with a focus on eating problems. Nine patients were interviewed in an open dialogue approximately 6 to 8 weeks after completion of radiotherapy. The data analysis was carried out using(More)
AIMS To investigate how baccalaureate degree nurses conceive their professional self over time, by following them from being students until some years after graduation. BACKGROUND Competence and professional development in nursing has been studied and discussed in many research studies. However, how baccalaureate degree nurses judge themselves and their(More)
Nursing staff identified postoperative urinary tract infection (UTI) in patients with hip fracture as an increasing problem. A quality improvement project was carried out to investigate the problem and to reduce the incidence. The aim of the study was to describe the occurrence of UTI among patients with hip fracture before and after surgery, to assess(More)
Liver transplant is a new treatment for familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy. The purpose of this phenomenological study is to describe the experience of waiting for a liver transplant from the familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy patients' perspective. Unstructured and open-ended interviews were conducted with 14 familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy patients(More)
Ninety-one focused interviews concerning the feeding of 23 severely demented patients were performed with 62 caregivers who fed the patients in a task assignment system. The aim was to increase the understanding about how caregivers perceive and interpret severely demented patients' behaviour and experiences during feeding. Content analysis showed that the(More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES The aim of the study was to acquire a deeper understanding of what it is to be an intensive care nurse in situations related to questions of withholding or withdrawing curative treatment. BACKGROUND Nurses in intensive care units regularly face critically ill patients. Some patients do not benefit from the treatment and die after days(More)
AIM The aim of this study was to investigate nursing students' perception of and satisfaction with clinical group supervision based on a special model, used in nursing training. BACKGROUND Long-standing efforts have been made to create supervision models in nursing training that promote personal and professional development and prepare nursing students to(More)
A qualitative study was conducted to obtain a deeper understanding of the hospice care of terminally ill cancer patients, where care was delivered via a primary nursing system combined with a team setting. Relatives of terminally ill cancer patients (n = 20) and the personnel (n = 8) participated in open-ended interviews. Phenomena relating to the(More)