Existential Contradictions in Living With End-Stage Renal Disease: A Qualitative Metasynthesis

Ingrid Villadsen Kristensen, Jette Henriksen, Regner Birkelund, Annelise Norlyk

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A qualitative metasynthesis following Sandelowski and Barroso's method was conducted to explore what characterizes the existential experiences of individuals living with end-stage renal disease. The findings show that patients with end-stage renal disease live with several existential contradictions characterized by the following: perception of the body-oscillating between connection and separation, maintaining life-oscillating between freedom and captivity, uncertainty-oscillating between hope and despair, and enduring technology-oscillating between being perceived as an object and subject. Consequently, living with end-stage renal disease is challenging for patients; hence, the support of nurses is important to alleviate patients' vulnerability.

TidsskriftAdvances in Nursing Science
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)159-171
StatusUdgivet - 1. apr. 2020

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