In the Ph.D. study, Hospital Meals: An Asylum for People in a Vulnerable Situation. A phenomenological-hermeneutic study about patients' experience of meals during hospitalization with a neurological disease, Malene Beck explores the meaning of mealtimes during hospitalization. The PhD showed how patients were longing for homeliness and that aesthetic elements associated with the meal had the potential to make the patients feel at home and safe. Furthermore, during an intervention called ‘Quiet Please’ it was illustrated that the patients experienced mealtimes as a significant and important part of their care and treatment, which meant they were allowed to take a mental break from the fast life of the hospital. The health professionals also saw the intervention as a positive feature.

Keywords: mealtimes, aesthetics, nursing, patient, experience, intervention, phenomenology, qualitative research