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J Palliat Care. 2011 Autumn;27(3):189-97.

Shifting life rhythms: Couples' stories about living together when one spouse has advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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School of Health and Medical Sciences, Orebro University, Fakultetsgatan 1, S-701 82, Orebro, Sweden. kristina.ek@oru.se

Abstract

AIM:

This study examines couples' experiences of living together when one partner has advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

METHOD:

Repeated qualitative interviews with four couples over an eight-month period, where one spouse in each couple suffered from advanced COPD. The final dataset comprised 19 interviews. A phenomenological-hermeneutical method was used to interpret the interview text.

FINDINGS:

One main theme, "living with the disease and one's spouse in a new and changeable life rhythm", emerged from three subthemes: "living with uncertainty", "living in a changed intimate relationship", and "finding new ways of living together". A mutual sense of companionship between the spouses facilitated their chances of reshaping their relationship and adapting it to the new life rhythm required by everyday life with the disease.

CONCLUSION:

The healthy spouse had major responsibility for the health of their sick spouse. Awareness of the couple's own conceptions and knowledge of health and illness is central to person-focused care, as is awareness of what values are important to them when restructuring their everyday life.

PMID:
21957795
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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