Author(s): Winkler MF, Smith CE
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Abstract Home parenteral nutrition (HPN) is a technologically complex, life-sustaining therapy for individuals who have intestinal failure. Accepting an invasive lifelong therapy like HPN is challenging for patients and their family caregivers. There is a desire to maintain a sense of normalcy in life and to carry on as usual. Using qualitative methodology, the authors explored and described the lived experience of HPN-dependent adults and identified normalization as a repeating and strong theme. Understanding how individuals adapt, cope, or experience this complex therapy provides insight into how they manage their lives in as normal a way as possible. By understanding the perspective of normalization, home infusion nurses and nutrition support clinicians can embrace caregiving strategies and tools consistent with the changing social environment in which the HPN experience is lived.
This article was published in J Infus Nurs
and referenced in International Journal of Sensor Networks and Data Communications