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On the threshold: older people's concerns about needs after discharge from hospital
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. Ageing - living conditions and health.
Division of Community Medicine, Department of Medical Health Sciences, Linköping University.
2016 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 30, no 1, 135-144 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Discharge from hospital is often strenuous for older people and requires adjustments from living an independent life to being in need of care and support. This study aims to explore older people’s concerns about their needs after discharge. Twenty-seven observations recorded at hospital discharge planning meetings were analysed with content analysis. An overarching theme emerged: being in a life transition, which reflected the older person’s vulnerable and ambiguous situation in the discharge process. The theme was developed from three categories: obtaining a secure life situation, need of continuous care and support, and influencing and regaining independence. The findings highlight that older patients want to influence their care after discharge. They strive to regain independence and express their concerns about how to obtain a secure life situation through care organized to fit their individual needs. Knowledge about older people’s concerns is important for health care providers and social workers involved in planning and individualized care and services.

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2016. Vol. 30, no 1, 135-144 p.
Keyword [en]
care pathways; clinical decision-making; communication; discharge planning; elder care; patient participation
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Gerontology, specializing in Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-27089DOI: 10.1111/scs.12231PubMedID: 25919854ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84959117863OAI: diva2:819439

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