Nordisk tidsskrift for helseforskning 2019-11-16T10:29:59+01:00 Johanne Alteren Open Journal Systems <p>er i første rekke ment som et tilbud til undervisnings- og forskningspersonalet ved institusjoner i Norden som driver med helsefagutdanning.&nbsp;Tidsskriftet vil holde en bred faglig profil som reflekterer forsknings- og utviklingsarbeid ved Nordiske helsefagutdanninger og tilhørende praksisfelt.</p> Natur, fortelling og sykdomserfaringer - betydning for opplevelse av livsmot 2019-11-15T10:29:38+01:00 Bjørg Balteskard <p><strong>The significance of nature, narratives and illness experiences for our courage to live</strong><br>This essay is based on a description of the live-giving space of nature. The sense of local belonging, the power of narrative and the listener’s susceptibility to impressions are live-giving phenomena in a situation where disease threatens. Disease often disrupts the life one wants to live. Narrating is related to one’s identity and can help maintain continuity in a life threatened by disease. A new narrative may arise, creating nuanced understanding and recognition of who one is in a changing world. One may thus narrate one’s way back into life, rebuild one’s identity and rediscover the courage to live. Providing space to tell about the presence of nature can help the ill person towards a renewed experience of being in good places. Time is not bound by illness and may provide relief. Here, the relationship to the narrator is of crucial importance and an impressionable listener is an important sounding board for the one who narrates</p> 2019-11-14T18:57:43+01:00 Opphavsrett 2019 Bjørg Balteskard Steder, stedsfortellinger og livsmot 2019-11-16T10:29:59+01:00 Anne Clancy <p><strong>The vital urge to live and find meaning - stories of place </strong></p> <p>This essay develops an understanding of how attachment to place and how physical, virtual and symbolic places can nurture or constrain a person’s will to carry on and find meaning. The nursing home is presented as an illustration of a physical place and the online gaming world represents a virtual place. Young and old share stories of how the symbolic meaning of place or memories of place can nurture hope and meaning. The stories also show how their attachment to place can result in a constricted understanding of who they are. Memories of vitality and envisioning themselves as strong and active create meaning and provide a welcome distraction in their everyday lives. The author mediates with the philosophies of Levinas, Tillich and Casey in order to develop an understanding of how certain places and our understanding of them can nurture or constrain a person’s will to carry on and find meaning.</p> 2019-11-15T00:00:00+01:00 Opphavsrett 2019 Anne Clancy Nære relationers indvirkning på livsmodet 2019-11-09T10:56:02+01:00 Charlotte Delmar <p><strong>The impact of close relations on life courage</strong><br>The purpose of this essay is to describe how close relations have impact on sick person’s life courage. Life courage is an existential life phenomenon. The life phenomena life courage and joy of life are in this article the key phenomena to be focused on. The article describes both differences and similarities between relational-ethical and existential life phenomena, which can promote but also restrict life. Moreover, some of the important differences between needs and life phenomena are also brought forward. The argumentation is based on empirical research examples of how close relations can contribute to creating life conducive or life restrictions for the ill and suffering person. It is in the interaction with others and through the importance of close relations that life courage possibilities arise. The article shows relational experiences from chronically ill persons, persons with a life-threatening disease and dying persons.</p> 2019-11-08T00:00:00+01:00 Opphavsrett 2019 Charlotte Delmar Fortellingens betydning for å fremme livsmotet i møte med alvorlig sykdom 2019-11-15T10:29:10+01:00 Kjersti Sunde Mæhre <p><strong>The importance of the story to promote hope and life courage in the face of serious illness</strong><br>In connection with my PhD (Mæhre, 2017), I conducted qualitative interviews with five critically ill patients in an enhanced ward of a nursing home, based on the Coordination Reform. The purpose of the interviews was to increase understanding of patient experiences of the ward, and their perceived challenges and needs for assistance. The research method was a hermeneutic-phenomenological approach. The essay is based on one of the patient interviews, which has been rewritten as a narrative. This narrative emphasizes how the patient has fought against her illness, and her need to be seen as herself as a person and not understood in terms of a diagnosis. The illness narrative becomes part of her life story. The article highlights opportunities for narratives in the face of serious illness. The narrative reveals how a changed life situation, despite severe illness, can add courage and joy to life, but also how it can lead to hopelessness, doubt, and uncertainty.</p> 2019-11-14T19:04:09+01:00 Opphavsrett 2019 Kjersti Sunde Mæhre