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On the threshold: older peoples concerns about needs after discharge from hospital
Jonköping University, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Community Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
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) PublishedText
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 peoples 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 persons 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 organised to fit their individual needs. Knowledge about older peoples concerns is important for healthcare providers and social workers involved in planning and individualised care and services.

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WILEY-BLACKWELL , 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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Basic Medicine
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-126826DOI: 10.1111/scs.12231ISI: 000371477400015PubMedID: 25919854OAI: diva2:917693

Funding Agencies|Institute of Gerontology, School of Health Sciences at Jonkoping University

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