SERIOUS ILLNESS AS OPORTUNITY

  • Óscar Alberto Beltrán Salazar Universidad de Antioquia

Abstract

Objective: to describe the meaning for gravely ill patients of the hospital experience in an Intensive Care Unit. Methodology: research study with phenomenological focus including nine mature people among 24 and 80 years of age who were critically ill and were hospitalized in an Intensive Care Unit. The in depth interview was the technique for gathering the information. The analysis of data was carried according to the outline proposed by Cohen, Kahan and Steeves. The study was carried in Medellín, Colombia from April to October, 2006. Results: a serious illness is an experience in which it is necessary “struggle” to leave the Intensive Care Unit, to return home and recover the freedom to decide. When leaving the patients learn, in the personal, professional and familiar spheres. Discussion: to suffer a serious illness means a situation of were people and their families learn and grow families. Conclusion: suffering a serious illness not only means to face the suffering, but also provides a reason to make decisions regarding the patients´ future life.

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Author Biography

Óscar Alberto Beltrán Salazar, Universidad de Antioquia
Enfermero, Especialista en Enfermería CardiorrespiratoriaMagíster en EnfermeríaProfesor de la Facultad de Enfermería Universidad de Antioquia.Miembro del grupo de investigación en Emergencias y Desastres
Published
2008-06-25
How to Cite
Beltrán Salazar, Óscar A. (2008). SERIOUS ILLNESS AS OPORTUNITY. Investigación Y Educación En Enfermería, 26(1). Retrieved from https://revistas.udea.edu.co/index.php/iee/article/view/2856
Section
ORIGINAL ARTICLES / ARTÍCULOS ORIGINALES / ARTIGOS ORIGINAIS