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Evid Based Nurs 1:64 doi:10.1136/ebn.1.2.64
  • Qualitative

Patients experienced physiological and psychological difficulties on long term home oxygen treatment

Objective

To describe patient experiences of being dependent on continuous oxygen treatment and their views on managing their chronic pulmonary disease.

Design

Phenomenology.

Setting

Northern Sweden, up to 100 km from the hospital.

Patients

10 patients (age range 63–83 y, mean age 72 y, 50% men) who had used home oxygen for 1 to 10 years were recruited from the Swedish Oxygen Register. Inclusion criteria were ability to communicate verbally and use of oxygen treatment ≥16 hours per day.

Methods

Semistructured interviews were conducted in the patient's home, lasted between 30–60 minutes, and covered the following topics: being dependent on long term oxygen treatment, experience of daily life, important human beings, and thoughts about the future. Patients were encouraged to talk freely. Interviews were tape recorded and transcribed verbatim. Transcripts were analysed by independent researchers using content analysis; intersubjective agreement between researchers was achieved.

Main results

4 categories emerged about how patients experienced long term oxygen treatment. The first …

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