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Conceptual development of "at-homeness'' despite illness and disease: A review
Ersta Sköndal University College ; Ersta Hospital ; University of Gothenburg.
University of Gothenburg.
Norrbotten County Council ; Luleå University of Technology.
Malmö University.
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2014 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 9, 23677Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Only one empirical study, the one by Zingmark, Norberg and Sandman published in 1995, explicitly focuses on at-homeness, the feeling of being metaphorically at-home, as a particular aspect of wellness. However, other studies reveal aspects of at-homeness, but if or how such aspects of at-homeness are related to each other is unclear. For this reason, the aim was to review Scandinavian nursing research related to at-homeness in the context of wellness-illness in severe and long-term conditions in order to take a step towards conceptual clarification of "at-homeness.'' The review included interpretive studies related to severe and long-term illness conducted in Sweden: 10 original articles and 5 doctoral theses. "At-homeness'' was found to be a contextually related meaning of wellness despite illness and disease embedded in the continuum of being metaphorically at-home and metaphorically homeless. This was characterized by three interrelated aspects and four processes: being safe through expanding-limiting experiences of illness and time, being connected through reunifying-detaching ways of relating, and being centred through recognition-non-recognition of oneself in the experience and others giving-withdrawing a place for oneself. This conceptualization is to be regarded as a step in conceptual clarification. Further empirical investigation and theoretical development of "at-homeness'' are needed. The conceptualization will be a step of plausible significance for the evaluation of interventions aimed at enhancing wellness for people with severe long-term illness, such as the frail elderly, and people with chronic illness or palliative care needs.

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2014. Vol. 9, 23677
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At-homeness, concept development, home, literature review, wellness, well-being
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Nursing
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Health and Caring Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-36113DOI: 10.3402/qhw.v9.23677ISI: 000336452900001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-36113DiVA: diva2:734465
Available from: 2014-07-17 Created: 2014-07-17 Last updated: 2016-10-26Bibliographically approved

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