Patient life stories and current situation as told by carers in nursing home wards

TitlePatient life stories and current situation as told by carers in nursing home wards
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsHansebo G., Kihlgren M.
JournalClinical Nursing Research
Date PublishedAug
Accession Number11276619
Keywords*Geriatric Nursing, *Nurse-Patient Relations, *Nursing Staff/px [Psychology], *Self Disclosure, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Female, Human, Male, Nursing Homes, Nursing Methodology Research, Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Knowing a patient's life story is important for good nursing care of frail and vulnerable elderly people with cognitive impairments. The aim of the study was to compare patients' life stories and current situations as told by carers before and after 1 year of supervision, in which the Resident Assessment Instrument was used as a basis for individualized nursing care. Qualitative content analysis was used to disclose changes and to enable descriptions of patterns. After the intervention, two overall perspectives emerged from the analysis: the patient as a unique person with resources and abilities, despite limitations, and the carers' awareness of their own professional approach. It seemed as if the supervision and the use of a comprehensive and detailed assessment tool contributed to increased knowledge about the patients and to efforts to see them as real persons behind the dementia surface.


Short TitleClin Nurs Res
Alternate JournalClin Nurs Res