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Patients´ experiences of a period of intravitreal injection treatment for wet macular degeneration
Central Hospital Kristianstad.
Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Hälsovetenskap.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7560-4691
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Ophtahalmic Practice, ISSN 2044-5504, Vol. 4, no 1, 4-11 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim:

To describe patients' experiences of intravitreal injections for wet macular degeneration.

Method:

16 informants, aged 62–89 years (11 women and _five men) were interviewed after a treatment period of intravitreal injections (IVI). The first question was open ended: ‘Can you please describe, in as much detail as possible, your experiences of the period when you received three IVI?’. Qualitative content analysis was employed to analyse the transcribed interviews.

Results:

The main theme demonstrated that the patients submitted themselves to and allowed the process to run its course. Four categories emerged: handing over responsibility — they placed their trust in the healthcare professionals; being given an opportunity — they appreciated that action was taken; enduring discomfort — they endured physical discomfort and mental unease; having nothing to lose — they accepted the treatment offered.

Conclusions:

It is necessary to strengthen patient participation during IVI treatment. The ophthalmic nurse can inform the patient about the effects of the treatment in a pedagogical manner. Patient participation can be strengthened by increased knowledge of the treatment effects.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 4, no 1, 4-11 p.
Keyword [en]
Wet AMD, Patient Experiences, Intravitreal injection treatment, Nursing
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-10513DOI: 10.12968/ijop.2013.4.1.4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-10513DiVA: diva2:621794
Available from: 2013-05-17 Created: 2013-05-17 Last updated: 2014-08-12Bibliographically approved

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