The patient's perceived caring needs: measuring the unmeasurable.

  title={The patient's perceived caring needs: measuring the unmeasurable.},
  author={Lisbeth Fagerstr{\"o}m and Katie Eriksson and I. Bergbom Engberg},
  journal={International journal of nursing practice},
  volume={5 4},
The aim of this study is to elucidate the phenomenon of the caring need in the life-world of the patient and, on the basis of this, to compare patients' perceived caring needs with the six areas of need contained in a new instrument for patient classification, the Oulu Patient Classification (OPC). A total of 75 patients were interviewed and the data were analysed by means of a phenomenological-hermeneutical method. Seventeen perceived caring needs emerged from the process of interpretation… CONTINUE READING
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