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Int J Qual Stud Health Well-being. 2010 Jun 30;5. doi: 10.3402/qhw.v5i2.5146.

Patients' independence of a nurse for the administration of subcutaneous anti-TNF therapy: A phenomenographic study.

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Research and Development Centre, Spenshult Hospital, Oskarström, Sweden.

Abstract

Rheumatology nursing supports patients to manage their lives and live as independently as possible without pain, stiffness and functional restrictions. When conventional drugs fail to delay the development of the rheumatic disease, the patient may require biological treatment such as self-administered subcutaneous anti-tumour necrosis factor (TNF) therapy. It is therefore important that the patient perspective focuses on the life-changing situation caused by the administration of regular subcutaneous injections. The aim of this study was to describe variations in how patients with rheumatic diseases experience their independence of a nurse for administration of subcutaneous anti-TNF therapy. The study had a descriptive, qualitative design with a phenomenographic approach and was carried out by means of 20 interviews. Four ways of understanding the patients' experience of their subcutaneous anti-TNF therapy and independence of a nurse emerged: the struggling patient; the learning patient; the participating patient; the independent patient. Achieving independence of a nurse for subcutaneous anti-TNF injections can be understood by the patients in different ways. In their strive for independence, patients progress by learning about and participating in drug treatment, after which they experience that the injections make them independent.

KEYWORDS:

Independence; patient; phenomenography; rheumatology nurse; self-administration; subcutaneous anti-TNF therapy

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