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Caring relationships with patients suffering from dementia — an interview study

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EwaRundqvist Kårebacken 2, S-16356 Spånga, Sweden. E-mail: rundqvist@mailbox.swipnet.se

Abstract

Caring relationships with patients suffering from dementia — an interview study¶The aim of the study reported in this paper was to describe and analyse care-givers' caring relationships with patients suffering from dementia. The theoretical perspective was caring science. Data were collected through interviews with six care-givers in a ward for patients with severe dementia. From the qualitative analysis of the narratives, the following factors emerged as important for the caring relationships: `touching', mutual `confirmation', and the care-givers' `values in the caring culture' in the ward. We conclude that communication skills are very important in a ward where patients with severe dementia reside, and that there is always a need for formulating the basic values. Theoretical education and clinical supervision are examples of means to improve competence and skills.

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