Maria J Friedrichsen

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OBJECTIVE To deepen the knowledge of frail elderly patients' preferences for participation in medical decision making during hospitalization. METHODS Qualitative study using content analysis of semi-structured interviews. RESULTS Patient participation to frail elderly means information, not the wish to take part in decisions about their medical(More)
OBJECTIVE Attachment theory has received much interest lately in relation to how adults cope with stress and severe illness. The aim of this study was using the experiences of patients and family members to explore palliative home care as a 'secure base' (a central concept within the theory). METHODS Twelve patients and 14 family members were interviewed(More)
The aim of this study was to describe family members' experiences of participation in a support group intervention during ongoing palliative home care. Four taped-recorded focus group interviews were conducted (in total, 13 persons) and a questionnaire was completed by 19 of 22 possible family members. The participants experienced increased perception of(More)
UNLABELLED Young adults with cancer are still in the process of shaping their lives and are therefore at a vulnerable stage. Altered body image may change how patients cope with the disease and impact rehabilitation capacity. OBJECTIVE To describe the essence of how young adults with cancer experience their bodies. METHODS Interviews (12 informants),(More)
There is little evidence regarding primary healthcare team members’ perceptions concerning palliative care consultation team (PCCT) and palliative care (PC) issues on their own wards. This study aimed to study whether a PCCT can influence and change primary healthcare team members’ perceptions regarding the palliative care at the end of life they are(More)
Palliative care does not end with the death of the patient, and many palliative care services offer specific follow-up services for the bereaved. The aims of this study were to quantitate perceived bereavement needs and to qualitatively describe these needs. The study design was cross-sectional and targeted family members three to nine months after the(More)
BACKGROUND Medical decision making has long been in focus, but little is known of the preferences and conditions for elderly people with co-morbidities to participate in medical decision making. The main objective of the present study was to investigate the preferred and the actual degree of control, i.e. the role elderly people with co-morbidities wish to(More)
Primary health care is the base of Swedish healthcare, and many terminally ill patients are cared for at home. A dying relative has a profound impact on his/her family members' situation, including negative effects on roles, well-being, and health. The aim of this study was to explore how the informal carers of a dying relative in palliative home care(More)
BACKGROUND Cancer patients' interpretations of the meaning of words used when given bad news are not well studied in medical settings. The aim of this study was to ascertain what significance verbal expressions had for cancer patients when they were given information about ending active tumour treatment, and what message they felt they received. METHODS(More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To describe what life is like as a woman living with coeliac disease. BACKGROUND The therapy for coeliac disease is a gluten-free diet, and if sufferers keep strictly to this, it is suggested that they will stay well. However, previous studies point out that people who are treated for coeliac disease, particularly women, experience(More)