• barrier care;
  • compliance;
  • nursing;
  • patients’ conceptions;
  • quality care;
  • universal precautions


Aim  To describe patients’ conceptions of quality care and barrier care.

Methods  As this study concerned conceptions of care, a phenomenographic approach was chosen. Fourteen adult orthopaedic patients participated. Data-collection was performed by means of semi-structured interviews. The qualitative data were analysed with two foci, conceptions of quality care and conceptions of barrier care. Different categories of understanding, that is, conceptions, constitute the the essential outcome of phenomenographic analysis. The research was conducted in one county hospital and in one regional hospital situated in different cities in the south of Sweden.

Results and Conclusions  Patients’ conceptions of quality care resulted in six categories. When comparing the findings with previous research in this field, the findings of the present study confirmed to a large extent the findings from other studies of quality care. Patients’ conceptions of barrier care resulted in five categoris. The conceptions of barrier care must be considered as elements in patients’ conceptions of quality care, and this must be called atention to in efforts to measure patient satisfaction and in analyses of good care. It also can influence health care workers’ compliance to guidelines in infection control procedures.