Aesthetics sets patients ‘free’ to recover during hospitalization with a neurological disease: A qualitative study

Malene Beck*, Eileen Engelke, Regner Birkelund, Bente Martinsen

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Background: Patients with neurological symptoms are particularly sensitive to the quality of the sensory impressions to which they are exposed to during hospitalization. Aim: To understand the meaning of aesthetic experiences to patients afflicted with neurological diseases during hospitalization on a neurological unit. Method: Fifteen patients were invited to “walk and talk” supplemented by semi-structured interviews conducted in newly established aesthetic tableaus within the neurology unit. Data analysis was inspired by the hermeneutic phenomenological methodology of van Manen. Result: The data analysis identified three overarching themes that unfolded in the patients’ experiences of a more aesthetic environment. The themes were: 1) A safe place to avoid noisiness, 2) An invitation to homey activities, 3) A thoughtful consideration for being ill. Conclusion: Aesthetic elements can enable a thoughtful and needed consideration that withholds momentarily imaginative and hopeful experiences to patients in a vulnerable situation. Thus, aesthetics, together with peace and quietness, can set vulnerable patients free to retreat and recover from the symptoms of neurological diseases.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer1992843
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being
Vol/bind16
Udgave nummer1
Antal sider12
ISSN1748-2623
DOI
StatusUdgivet - nov. 2021

Bibliografisk note

Funding Information:
Department of Neurology, Zealand University, Region Zealand & Counsel of Innovation, Zealand University Hospital, Region Zealand, Denmark supported this study financially We would like to thank the Innovation Counsel of Zealand University Hospital, Region Zealand, for funding the aesthetic experiment in clinical practice. Further, we would like to acknowledge the management of the Neurology Unit, especially Head of Nursing, Birgitte Mortensen for allowing us to use experimental and aesthetic ?tools? for better understanding our patient?s lived experiences during hospitalization. Without your playful approach to nursing care such studies investigating the potentials of aesthetics could not being conducted. Also, a deeply thank to the patients for kindly accepting ?taking a walk? with us, sharing their thoughts and experiences during hospitalization with a chronic neurological disease.

Funding Information:
We would like to thank the Innovation Counsel of Zealand University Hospital, Region Zealand, for funding the aesthetic experiment in clinical practice. Further, we would like to acknowledge the management of the Neurology Unit, especially Head of Nursing, Birgitte Mortensen for allowing us to use experimental and aesthetic ‘tools’ for better understanding our patient’s lived experiences during hospitalization. Without your playful approach to nursing care such studies investigating the potentials of aesthetics could not being conducted. Also, a deeply thank to the patients for kindly accepting ‘taking a walk’ with us, sharing their thoughts and experiences during hospitalization with a chronic neurological disease.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

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