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Quality of Life - Exemplified through Patients Living with Atrial Fibrillation

Vibeke Høgh1*, Charlotte Delmar2, Sam Riahi3 and Kirsten Frederiksen4
1Aalborg Atrial Fibrillation Study Group, Department of Cardiology, Aalborg University Hospital, Denmark
2Professor, Section of Nursing, Institute of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark
3Department of Cardiology, Aalborg University Hospital, Denmark
4Associate Professor, Section of Nursing, Institute of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark
Corresponding Author : Vibeke Høgh
Aalborg Atrial Fibrillation Study Group, Department of Cardiology
Aalborg University Hospital, Science and Innovation Centre
Soendre skovvej 15, Room number 505, DK-9000 Aalborg, Denmark
Tel: +45 23743586
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received July 28, 2013; Accepted April 02, 2014; Published April 12, 2014
Citation: Høgh V, Delmar C, Riahi S, Frederiksen K (2014) Quality of Life - Exemplified through Patients Living with Atrial Fibrillation. J Nurs Care 3:150. doi:10.4172/2167-1168.1000150
Copyright: © 2014 Høgh V, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
 

Abstract

Background: Health-related quality of life is a frequently assessed patient-reported outcome in the current literature on patients living with atrial fibrillation. Originally, quality of life is an abstract, complex concept, and there is no consensus on a final definition of it. Considering overall quality of life to be assessable using a standardized tool may lead to the loss of valuable knowledge about the patients’ individual lived experiences.

Aim: To report how the concept of quality of life is being defined and which arguments are given for using the concept in scientific research papers on patients living with atrial fibrillation.

Method: Systematic literature study based on analysis of 53 scientific research papers on patients living with atrial fibrillation and inspired by Leif Becker Jensen’s suggestions on how to perform text analysis on a hermeneutical process described by Hans Georg Gadamar.

Findings: Three ways of defining the concept of quality of life and five preferred ways of giving reasons for using the concept were found. Thirteen of the papers offered no definition of the concept of quality of life, while 19 papers did not offer arguments for using the concept.

Conclusion: Quality of life is seen reduced into assessable parameters like health status. This might lead to the loss of valuable insight into the patients’ subjective perception of their lives. To avoid this reduction in future, it is important to call for clear definitions and arguments for

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