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Spouses' Experiences of Living with Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries: A Phenomenological Study
Alireza Nikbakht, Shiva Gomarverdi, Alireza Bastami, Fatemeh Pashaii sabeti *, Masumeh Bastami, Mohammad Reza Sabaghieh Yaz
Qom University of Medical Sciences, Qom, Iran , pashaii1392@gmail.com
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Introduction: Spinal cord injuries are a major public health problem. Spinal cord injuries are the most important cause of disability around the world. Understanding of spouseschr('39') experiences of living with these patients by the health worker team can play a significant role in minimizing disability consequences and burden of the spouses. The aim of this study was to explore and describe the experiences and perceptions of spouses of patients with spinal cord injuries.
Methods: In this phenomenological qualitative study, 15 spouses of patients with spinal cord injuries were selected from Tehran rehabilitation centers for spinal cord injuries during 2014-2015 and were interviewed. The participants were selected using the purposeful sampling method. Data were collected through individual semi-structured interviews and analyzed using the Collizichr('39')s method.
Results: Based on the results of the collizichr('39')s analysis, 3 major themes and 12 sub-themes were extracted. The three major themes included "encountering with multiple constraints and challenges", "non-supportive structure", and "need to care with support". Need to support in spite of some restrictions was the essence of the participantschr('39') experiences.
Conclusions: The findings show that providing care and support to these patients by their spouses is very necessary. Experiences of the patientschr('39') spouses can help health care workers and policy makers to eliminate the barriers and enable the patientschr('39') families to confront the disabilities and consequences of injuries by implementing the training programs for patients and their families.

Keywords: Spinal Cord Injury, Spouse, Experiences, Phenomenology, Qualitative Study
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Type of Study: qualitative research | Subject: nursing
Received: 2017/04/20 | Accepted: 2017/07/30 | Published: 2017/07/30
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Nikbakht A, gomarverdi S, bastami A, pashaii sabeti F, Bastami M, Sabaghieh Yaz M R. Spouses' Experiences of Living with Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries: A Phenomenological Study. IJNR. 2017; 12 (3) :24-35
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