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Patients' experiences of living with peripheral arterial disease awaiting intervention: a qualitative study.

  • Christine Wann-Hansson
  • Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
  • Rosemarie Klefsgård
  • Edith Andersson
Publishing year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 851-862
Publication/Series: International Journal of Nursing Studies
Volume: 42
Issue: 8
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Elsevier

Abstract english

The aim of this study was to investigate patients’ experiences of living with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and the influence on activities of daily living. Twenty-four patients with various degrees of PAD were interviewed. The transcribed texts were analysed using manifest and latent content analysis. Living with PAD meant carrying a hard-to-bear physical, social and emotional burden, and struggling for relief. The experience of burden was interpreted in the following themes representing consequences and strategies for gaining control in daily life: (I) “being limited by the burden” (II) “striving to relieve the burden” (III) “accepting and adapting to the feeling of burden”. The use of different coping strategies was crucial to achieve some relief. Pain and sleep disturbance emerged as a major feature of living with PAD, and by combining both analgesics and non-pharmacological methods some pain relief was received. To provide optimal alleviation of pain for these patients, education about pain and pain management is of great importance followed by regular evaluations of the pain and pain management. Furthermore, the study underlines the importance of preventing the progression of the vascular disease and from the individual power and knowledge support and preserve as independent life as possible.


  • Nursing
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Nursing
  • Content analysis


  • Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science
  • Older people's health and Person-Centred care
  • ISSN: 1873-491X
Ingalill Rahm Hallberg
E-mail: ingalill [dot] rahm_hallberg [at] med [dot] lu [dot] se

Professor emerita

Health-promoting Complex Interventions