Patienters upplevelser av att leva med åldersförändringar i gula fläcken - en litteraturstudie : Living with age-related macular degeneration from the patient’s perspective

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Högskolan Kristianstad/Institutionen för hälsovetenskaper; Högskolan Kristianstad/Institutionen för hälsovetenskaper

Författare: Åsa Emsfors; Charlotte Kjellander; [2008]

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Background: Elderly people with visual impairment increases in the society. To measure vision with visual acuity charts doesn’t indicate how patients with Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) experience their disease. Aim: The aim of the literature review was to describe patients’ experiences of living with age-related macular degeneration. Method: A literature review based on qualitative and quantitative articles was performed. Findings: Eleven articles were examined and the analysis resulted in four main categories; personally experiences of the disease, emotional reactions, strategies to cope with the disease and thoughts about the future. Conclusion: Living with age-related macular degeneration affects the individuals both physical and emotional. Nurses have an important role to increase the understanding and knowledge to persons with AMD. To support patient and family, patient with AMD can easier cope with the disorder.

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