The aim of this pilot study was to find out how families experience the hospitalization of one family member and to chart the participation of the family in the treatment of the hospitalized family member.
A questionnaire was used to gather data for the study and the three open-ended questions in the questionnaire were interpreted using content analysis.
The study population (n=70) was the family members of patients in the neurological wards of Tampere University Hospital.
The study demonstrated a variety of negative sentiments in the families, such as worry, fear, shock, anxiety and depression at the hospitalization of their family member.
The families also expressed neutral and positive sentiments, such as approval, relief and faith in the help given.
Nearly 80% of the families'statements dealt with emotional responses.
Changes in the everyday life of the family caused by the hospitalization of a family member were also reported, with most changes affecting the immediate family.
Hospital visits gave a rhythm to family life.
There were changes in the sharing of house-work and taking care of affairs, as well as in relationships within the family.
Family members spoke of their loneliness, fear and longing.
External changes in family life were present in 13% of statements.
Helping the patient in hospital involved functions like participation in nursing care, taking the patient to the cafeteria and rehabilitation. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Hospitalisation, Milieu familial, Soin, Participation, Perception sociale, Mode de vie, Changement, Rôle social, Homme, Finlande, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Hospitalization, Family environment, Care, Participation, Social perception, Life style, Change, Social role, Human, Finland, Europe
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0450848
Code Inist : 002B30A03C. Création : 22/03/2000.