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Prof Inferm. 2017 Jul-Sep;70(3):178-186. doi: 10.7429/pi.2017.703178.

Lived experience of patients with glaucoma glaucoma: a phenomenological study.

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1
PhD, Department Activities Integrated Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery and Emergency cardiovascular - ICU Cardiac Surgery University Hospital Policlinico Federico II, Naples, Italy.
2
PhD,RN, Department of Biomedicine and Prevention, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy.
3
RN, Department Activities Integrated Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery and Emergency cardiovascular - ICU Cardiac Surgery University Hospital Policlinico Federico II, Naples, Italy.
4
RN, Department of Hematology, University Federico II, Naples, Italy.
5
Office Education, University Federico II, NaplesItaly.
6
PhD student Department of Biomedicine and Prevention, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy.

Abstract

in English, Italian

INTRODUCTION:

Glaucoma is often a misdiagnosed pathology and is one of the main causes of blindness in the world population.Glaucoma frequentlycauses limitations in theactivities of daily livingand changes the patient's quality of life.

AIM:

The purpose of our study is to describe the life experiences of subjects in southern Italy suffering from glaucoma.

METHOD:

Phenomenological study RESULTS: From the analysis of interviews six main themes emerged:(1) a profound change in lifestyle, (2) casual diagnosis,(3) independent research,(4) fear of blindness,(5) fear of being a burden to family, and (6) fear of familial pathology. Two additional themes appeared: the subjects felt lucky not to have a deadly disease and were uncertain about the future.

CONCLUSION:

The negative aspects prevail over any positive facets. A deep understanding of these experiences can help health care professionals to deliver correct holistic support.

PMID:
29186651
DOI:
10.7429/pi.2017.703178
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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