TITLE

Patient participation: A qualitative study of immigrant women and their experiences

AUTHOR(S)
Björk Brämberg, Elisabeth; Nyström, Maria; Dahlberg, Karin
PUB. DATE
March 2010
SOURCE
International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health & Well-Be;Mar2010, Vol. 5 Issue 1, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Patient participation in healthcare is a neglected area of interest in the rather extensive amount of research on immigrant so-called Selma patients in Swedish health care as well as worldwide. The aim is to explore the phenomenon "patient participation" in the context of the Swedish health care from the perspective of immigrants non-fluent in Swedish. A phenomenological lifeworld approach was chosen. Data were collected from patients within a municipal home care setting in Sweden. Eight women agreed to participate. In seven interviews, an interpreter was necessary for the translation of the interview. Five authorized interpreters were used. Data were analysed in accordance to a descriptive phenomenological method for caring research. The analysis led to an essence of the phenomenon with three constituents, "to experience participation," "to refrain from participation," and "to be deprived of participation." Patient participation from the perspective of immigrant women means that patients are involved and active in their own health and caring processes. For these women, it is particularly important to have the opportunity to express themselves. Patient participation presupposes professional caregivers who act in a way that increases the patients' opportunities to take part. A skilled interpreter is often necessary in order to enable the patient participation.
ACCESSION #
85740374

 

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