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Nullified: Women’s Perception of Being Abused in Health Care
(Development Studies)
2007 (English)In: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, ISSN 0167-482X, E-ISSN 1743-8942, Vol. 28, no 3, 161-167 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective. In a study performed with The NorVold Abuse Questionnaire (NorAQ) among Nordic gynecological patients, the prevalence of lifetime abuse in health care (AHC) was 13-28%. In the present study we chose a qualitative approach. Our aim was to develop a more in-depth understanding of AHC; as experienced by female Swedish patients. Study design. Qualitative interviews with 10 Swedish gynecological patients who had experienced AHC. The interviews were analyzed through Grounded Theory. Results. Saturation was reached after six interviews. In the analyses four categories emerged which explain what AHC meant to the participating women: felt powerless, felt ignored, experienced carelessness, and experienced non-empathy. To be nullified is the core category that theoretically binds the four categories together. The women's narratives described intensive current suffering even though the abusive event had taken place several years ago. Conclusions. The fact that AHC exists is a critical dilemma for an institution that has the society's commission to cure and/or to alleviate pain and suffering. In their narratives, women described the experience of 'being nullified', a core category that embodies AHC.

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2007. Vol. 28, no 3, 161-167 p.
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Abuse in health care, grounded theory, structural violence, NorAQ, qualitative method
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Psychology Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-141036DOI: 10.1080/01674820601143211ISI: 000206480600007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-141036DiVA: diva2:384851
Available from: 2011-01-10 Created: 2011-01-10 Last updated: 2014-08-26Bibliographically approved

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