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Being somwhere else - delusion or relevant experience: A phenomenological investigation into the meaning of lived experience from being in intensive care
University of Tromsø, Norway.
University of Tromsø, Norway; Bodø Regional University, Bodø, Norway.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences. University of Tromsø, Norway.
2007 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 2, no 3, p. 144-159Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Patients' experiences of having been “elsewhere” during intensive care than in the intensive care unit (ICU) has traditionally been placed in a context with described pathological circumstances, such as brain dysfunction, and labeled with terms such as “unreal” and “delusional”. The aim of the study was to look more closely into this type of experience by turning to its meaning as reflected on by patients themselves. Through a phenomenological investigation based on follow-up and interviews with three patients, we found that the “delusions” were in fact filled with meaning. They mattered to the patients and were not to be dismissed as unreal because they were so inherently real in the lived body. The experiences were grounded in the patient's lifeworld and could be interpreted as expressions of basic aspects related to being human in the world. The phenomenological term “lived mood” emerged as one such aspect to which intensive care patients appear to surrender more readily than man does in daily existence. The notion of “being somewhere else” as meaningful and relevant experience challenges the explanatory model whereby such experiences are placed in a context with brain dysfunction.

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2007. Vol. 2, no 3, p. 144-159
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-10587DOI: 10.1080/17482620701436921Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-46649094939OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-10587DiVA, id: diva2:280138
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