Living with illness 7.5 Credits

Att leva med sjukdom
Second cycle, O7061H
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2016 Sp 3 - Present
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Syllabus established
by 12 Feb 2015

Last revised
by 05 Nov 2015

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
Subject group (SCB)
Nursing Science

Entry requirements


More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

The goal of the course is advancement in nursing with a focus on the experience of being ill. The student should, on completion of the course , based on science, current research and development be able to:

  1. Show knowledge in and systematic understanding of nursing research and the depth and current specialist knowledge in research focusing on illness.
  2. Propose and defend the application of scientific methodology and approach in the specific field.
  3. Critically, independently and with scientific rigor to conduct scientific analysis, critical evaluation and synthesis with a focus on the needs of people with illness and their spouses.
  4. Oral and written, and with scientific rigor present and discuss research findings and theories regarding illness experience, and knowledge that is the basis for these.
  5. Evaluate and assess the scientific possibilities, limitations, and its role in society, and to be able to apply scientific knowledge to transform research in nursing in such a way that the needs of persons with illness and their spouses is met.

The course focuses on the experience of living with illness from the ill persons, the families and healthcare personnel’s perspective. The core of the course will be on the ill persons needs from a nursing perspective with emphasis on the transition, change in bodily experience, suffering, and the meaning of the relationship for health and treatment of illness.

The course will be conducted with lectures, study assignments, and an individual written examination.

Individual written literature essay examined at a seminar with the opponent and respondent skills.

The course is given at advanced level

Stefan Sävenstedt

Literature. Valid from Spring 2016 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Kersey-Matusiak, G. (2015). Kulturkompetent omvårdnad. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Kralik, D., Paterson, B., & Coates, V. (2010). Translating chronic illness research into practice. Chisester, U.K.; Ames, Iowa: Wiley-Blackwell. (Available at LTU library homepage)
Polit, D. F., & Beck, C.T. (2012). Nursing research: generating and assessing evidence for nursing practice (9th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Toombs, S. K. (Ed.). (2001). Handbook of phenomenology and medicine. Dordrecht, Boston, London: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Wiklund Gustin, L., & Bergom, I. (2012). Vårdvetenskapliga begrepp i teori och praktik. Lund: Studentlitteratur

A list of articles is handed out at the beginning of the course.

Course offered by
Department of Health Sciences

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