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Purpose: To describe and explain the meanings of the lived experiences of older patients in successful weaning from Noninvasive Positive Pressure Ventilation (NIPPV).
Design: Hermeneutic phenomenological qualitative research design.
Methods: Ten informants who were older patients in successful weaning from NIPPV were purposively recruited for the study. Data were collected using in–depth interview. Data were analyzed using van Manen’s approach. Trustworthiness was established by following Lincoln and Guba’s criteria.
Main findings: The informant reflected seven thematic categories of meanings within their five life-worlds. The lived body included two themes: 1) Learning to be with a ventilator patiently, and 2) Strengthening the mind to pass through the life crisis. The lived relation included two themes: 1) Receiving understanding and attentiveness from nurses, and 2) Having family members to care lovingly. The lived space included one theme: Recognizing that it was safe and must adapt to disturbances. The lived time included one theme: Accepting illness as a consequence of karma. The lived things included one theme: Perceiving that ventilation devices could save their life and extend breathing.
Conclusion and recommendations: The findings of this study provided understanding of older patients in successful weaning from NIPPV. The findings can be used to assist and care for older patients to overcome their life crisis appropriately and safely.
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