My death nearing its future: a Heideggerian hermeneutical analysis of the lived experience of persons with chronic illness


  • Colleen Gullickson RN PhD

    1. Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Madison Health Science Center K6/330, 600 Highland Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53792, USA
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Although over 50% of individuals over the age of 65 live with at least one chronic illness, little research has been conducted on the individual lived experience For this phenomenological study, 12 individuals living with any long-term illness participated in extended, non-structured, audio-recorded interviews Resulting verbatim transcripts were analysed hermeneutically using Heideggenan phenomenology as the philosophical framework The pattern ‘my death nearing its future’ emerged from this research The understandings gained from these individual narratives provide important insight for all individuals interacting with persons living with chronic illness