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Kvinnors levda erfarenheter av livmoderhalscancer i södra Malawi: En kvalitativ studie
University of Skövde, School of Health Sciences.
2022 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Lived experiences of women with cervical cancer in southern Malawi : A qualitative study (English)
Abstract [sv]

Bakgrund: Livmoderhalscancer är globalt rankad som den fjärde vanligaste cancerformen bland kvinnor. Förebyggande åtgärder och behandlingsmöjligheter är begränsade för kvinnor i låg- och medelinkomstländer, vilket har orsakat en stor oproportionerlig dödlighet och incidens av livmoderhalscancer globalt. Bakgrunden omfattas även av tidigare forskning, känsla av sammanhang, hållbara utvecklingsmål samt lidande.

Syfte: Att beskriva kvinnors erfarenheter av att leva med livmoderhalscancer i södra Malawi.

Metod: Metoden som användes var kvalitativ semi-strukturerad individuella intervjuer, som sedan analyserades genom att följa Graneheim & Lundmans (2004) översikt av kvalitativ innehållsanalys. 19 kvinnor intervjuades, varav tio analyserades.

Resultat: Åtta underkategorier formades som i sin tur formade fyra kategorier. Kvinnorna upplevde ohälsa innan påbörjad behandling och tillgång till specialistvård, efteråt kunde man se en ökad känsla av välmående. Sociala aspekter och känslan av kontroll var stora bidragande faktorer till det ökade väl måendet.

Konklusion: Känslan av välmående beror mycket på socialt stöd och känsla av kontroll samt självständighet.

Abstract [en]

Background: Cervical cancer is ranked globally as the fourth most common type of cancer among women. Preventive measures and treatment options are limited to women in low- and middle-income countries which has caused a major disproportionate mortality and incidence rate of cervical cancer globally. Further topics found in the background are previous research, a sense of coherence, sustainable development goals,and suffering. 

Aim: To describe the experiences of women living with cervical cancer in southern Malawi.

Method: The method used was qualitative semi-structured individual interviews, which were analyzed using qualitative content analysis following Graneheim & Lundman’s (2004) overview of qualitative content analysis. 19 women were interviewed and ten were selected for analysis.

Findings: Eight sub-categories were formed and abstracted into four categories. The women experience ill health before receiving treatment and specialist care after there was an increase in wellbeing. Social aspects and the feeling of control were found to be big parts of the increase in wellbeing.

Conclusion: The feeling of wellbeing relies heavily on social support and the feeling of control and independence. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2022. , p. 32
Keywords [en]
Cervical cancer, Lived experiences, Malawi, Suffering, Women
Keywords [sv]
Kvinnor, Levda erfarenheter, Lidande, Livmoderhalscancer, Malawi
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-22200OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-22200DiVA, id: diva2:1729800
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Owens Mgawi
Subject / course
Nursing/Nursing Science
Educational program
Nursing - Study Programme
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Available from: 2023-01-23 Created: 2023-01-23 Last updated: 2023-01-23Bibliographically approved

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