INSCIENCE, DAY TO DAY STRUGGLE AND DISTRESS: LIVED EXPERIENCES OF PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC LEG AND FOOT ULCER
Journal of Health and Allied Sciences NU
AbstractChronic leg and foot ulcers leads to negative physical, physiological, social and psychological impact on clients and families, thus decreasing their quality of life. A qualitative study on experiences of person living with chronic venous ulcer in Sweden, reported that person living with chronic ulceration have experiencing the decreased wellbeing, pain and struggle between the hope and despair. In this study phenomenological design was used. Six participants were interviewed with
... erviewed with interview schedule by the purposive sampling method. Lack of knowledge and ignorance, dressing and foot care, day to day struggle, discomforts, financial hardship, Emotional reaction and self-adaptive measures and supports were six themes identified in the Qualitative data analysis. It was reported that, feeling of fear, loneliness/sad were experienced by the patients. Severe pain in the wound site that interfere with day to day activities and produces stress in relation to meeting daily activities and difficulty in financial resources because of decreased work capacity and loss of job. The adaptive measures like massaging the around the wound, playing with children, doing small works in sitting position and accepting the situation, consuming alcohol and smoking were followed. Participant encountered herbal medicine worsens the leg ulcer. Results were highlighted the impact of the chronic leg and ulcer and psychological and emotional disturbances ignorance of adequate leg ulcer care inevitably increases the risk of amputation. Study recommended the intervention to deal the emotional disturbances in order to prevent the risk of distress and depression.