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Patients' Perceptions of Experiences of Recovering From Acute Pancreatitis

An Interview Study

Boije, Karin, MSc, RN, CNS; Drocic, Amra, MSc, RN, CNS; Engström, My, PhD, RN, CNS; Bjerså, Kristofer, PhD, RN, CNS

doi: 10.1097/SGA.0000000000000375
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The incidence of registered admissions in inpatient care with a diagnosis of acute pancreatitis was 58 per 100,000 capita in Sweden during the year 2013. Although acute pancreatitis is a well-explored area, there is a demand for research from the patients' perceptions. The aim of this study was to describe patients' perceptions of recovering from acute pancreatitis. Data collection for this phenomenographical study included 16 individual semistructured interviews. Analysis was done according to the 7 steps suggested by Sjöström and Dahlgren (2002). Recovery after acute pancreatitis was perceived within 5 categories; a time of physical suffering, an emotional journey, challenges to the usual life and its good qualities, barriers and need for social support, and healthcare as an important factor. Physical and emotional symptoms influence recovery after acute pancreatitis by challenging the good things and things that are taken for granted in everyday life. Promoting factors toward good recovery was a proper support from the social network as well as healthcare providers.

Karin Boije, MSc, RN, CNS, is with Department of Surgery, Vrinnevi Hospital, Norrköping, Sweden.

Amra Drocic, MSc, RN, CNS, is with Department of Surgery, Vrinnevi Hospital, Norrköping, Sweden.

My Engström, PhD, RN, CNS, is with Department of Gastrosurgical Research and Education, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Kristofer Bjerså, PhD, RN, CNS, is with Department of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden; and Department of Surgery, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Correspondence to: Kristofer Bjerså, PhD, RN, CNS, Department of Surgery, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, 413 45 Gothenburg, Sweden (kristofer.bjersa@gu.se or kristofer.bjersa@liu.se).

K.Bo. and A.D. developed the idea for the study, and all authors (K.Bo., A.D., M.E., and K.Bj.) contributed to the design and concept. K.Bo. and A.D. performed the data collection. All authors analyzed and interpreted the data, formulated and revised the manuscript, and approved the final version.

All authors declare no competing interests and full freedom to interpret the data according to strict scientific rationale.

Received March 07, 2017

Accepted July 22, 2017

© 2019 by the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc.