Lived Experiences of “Silent” Osteoporosis: A Longitudinal Phenomenological study

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Non-adherence to medical treatment of chronic diseases remains unclear. People with osteoporosis are mostly unaware of the disease, until bone fractures may occur. The medical treatment might be the manifest of the disease before fracture. However, it is unknown how this is experienced and affects the individual’s life situation.
The aim is to illuminate the human experiences and perspective in relation to living with osteoporosis without fractures, but with prophylactic treatment.
Descriptive, longitudinal study the approach was phenomenological-hermeneutic. Sixteen women with osteoporosis and in prophylactic treatment were included.
Data was obtained using individual interviews three times during one year. Data were analyzed at three levels: Naive reading, structural analysis and critical interpretation and discussion.
The preliminary findings indicate that there are three categories of lived experiences of osteoporosis. 1) Accepting the diagnosis and embracing the medical treatment. 2) Seeking knowledge about the disease and the medication during embracing. 3) Alarmed by the diagnosis and of any adverse effect of the medication.
Scientific and applicative relevance
The project provides new basic research to be used in the efforts to enhance patient participation and to provide health professionals improved opportunities to support, guide and inform the individual patient.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date29. Nov 2012
Publication statusPublished - 29. Nov 2012
EventForskningensdag: Gentofte Hospital - Gentofte Hospital, Hellerup, Denmark
Duration: 29. Nov 201229. Nov 2012


LocationGentofte Hospital

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Hansen, C., Konradsen, H., Abrahamsen, B., & Pedersen, B. D. (2012). Lived Experiences of “Silent” Osteoporosis: A Longitudinal Phenomenological study. Poster session presented at Forskningensdag, Hellerup, Denmark.