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Rheumatoid arthritis patients' experience of climate care
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sport Science.
Region Jämtland Härjedalen.
2015 (English)In: Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation, ISSN 2288-176X, Vol. 11, no 6, 337-344 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand and examine how patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) experience climate care and its effects. A qualitative approach was chosen for the study. Two men and six women were interviewed according to a semistructured interview guide. The text was analyzed using a manifest content analysis. The analysis resulted in four categories and 10 subcategories. The interviewees experienced climate care positively. The training was perceived increasing gradually. The patients felt that they performed to a maximum capacity during training and were impressed by the staff's enthusiasm and encouragement. The patients felt that they were involved in the goal setting and the choice of treatment, and the staff noticed individual needs. There was a feeling among the patients of being acknowledged by the staff. Information about the disease was perceived as individualized. The climate and beautiful surroundings were viewed as encouraging physical activity and a feeling of well-being. Patients made new friends, had fun together and also shared experiences about their disease. Furthermore, the patients described a sense of belonging to a group as well as a feeling of not being the only one that was sick among the healthy. Not having to do everyday tasks and having time to themselves were perceived positively. Several factors contributed to the positive experiences of climate care; climate, environment, physical activity, social context, staff involvement, and information about the disease were described as interacting together and resulting in a sense of well-being. A proposal for future research would be to examine if/how the various factors might interact and affect the RA patients' illness and quality of life.

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2015. Vol. 11, no 6, 337-344 p.
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Sport and Fitness Sciences
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Social Sciences, Sport Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-57882DOI: 10.12965/jer.150228PubMedID: 26730385OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-57882DiVA: diva2:1045481
Available from: 2016-11-09 Created: 2016-11-09 Last updated: 2017-10-12Bibliographically approved

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