The public defense of Linda Sellin's doctoral thesis in Care Sciences
Doctoral thesis and Licentiate seminars
The public defense of Linda Sellin's doctoral thesis in Care Sciences will take place at Mälardalen university, room Beta at Mälardalens högskola in Västerås.
Title: "A personal-recovery-oriented caring approach to suicidality".
Serial number: 245.
The overall aim of this research was to develop, introduce and evaluate a caring intervention, to support suicidal patients’ recovery and health, and to support patients’ and their relatives’ participation in the caring process. A total of 15 patients, 9 relatives, 5 representatives from a Swedish organization in suicide prevention, 9 registered nurses, and 5 researchers participated. Data were mainly collected from interviews, focus group interviews, questionnaire, and self-assessment, and analyzed with special focus on the patients’ and relatives’ perspectives.
The developed caring intervention is characterized by “communicative togetherness”. This communicative togetherness means that the nurse and the patient together explore how the patient’s recovery can be supported, as a way for the patient to regain an experience of being able to manage problems in living as well as ascribe meaning to life. It was also concluded that it is more appropriate to acknowledge this as a caring approach, rather than describe it as a specific caring intervention. The final description of the findings comprise a preliminary guide to a personal-recovery-oriented caring approach to suicidality (PROCATS). This description provides a view of six core aspects of the caring approach. The overall aim of the PROCATS is to support suicidal patients’ recovery and health processes, even at the very edge of life. Although the findings indicate that the PROCATS has potential to support suicidal patients’ recovery as well as supporting their relatives’ participation, there is a need for further evaluation of the PROCATS in a wider context.