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Introduction: Sometimes nurses have to deal with patients with a variety of reactions, including defensiveness, anger, fear, demandingness, hysteria and other behaviors. Aim: This study aimed at exploring the concept of the «difficult patient» and to identify unfavorable factors that may obstruct routine clinical nursing delivery. Material and Method: A descriptive exploratory qualitative design was adopted and semi-structured interviews with a purposeful sample of 11 nurses. Results: Eight categories emerged and factors that lead nurses to characterize a patient as ‘difficult;, including patient age, psychological state, disease severity, degree of disability, personality and behavior, visiting carers, working conditions and personal life of nurses. Nurses often label a patient as ‘difficult’ in terms of physical symptoms, mood, behavior and age. Conclusion: Nurses must realize that labeling patients is unprofessional and that often the ‘difficult patient’ is the one that may need us most.
|Category:||Volume 60, N 1|
|Authors:||Dimitrios Theofanidis , Antigoni Fountouki|