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Patienters upplevelse av elektrokonvulsiv terapi.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]


Treatment with electroconvulsive therapy is a frequently used method within psychiatric care. The depiction of the method is often negative in different media and how it is used does not always ring true with routine in modern health care. The patients whose physician recommends electroconvulsive therapy may have questions and may need support from the nursing staff.



To explore patients experiences with electroconvulsive therapy.



Literature study including 13 qualitative and quantitative studies published between the years 2000-2014.



Five themes emerged after analysis. 1) The treatment helped. 2) The information was not sufficient. 3) Frequent and lingering side effects. 4) Coerced into acceptance. 5) The treatment was frightening.



A lot of patients are helped through the use of electroconvulsive therapy. The role of the nurse can however be improved upon to better assist and support the patient in an experience many describe as traumatic. Side effects occur frequently and can for some be a lingering issue. Through improved patient information sessions the patient could be better prepared for what life after being treated with electroconvulsive therapy can be like.

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2014. , 33 p.
Keyword [sv]
Elektrokonvulsiv terapi, ECT, patienttillfredsställelse, litteraturöversikt
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-241441OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-241441DiVA: diva2:779013
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Registered Nurse Programme
Available from: 2015-01-12 Created: 2015-01-12 Last updated: 2015-01-12Bibliographically approved

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