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.
|Journal||International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2021|
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- Hospital environment
- sensory impression
- van manen