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Perceptions of healthcare services and preference of factors related to care planning among active older persons
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Care.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Care.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7140-625x
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Care.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6244-6401
2019 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Introduction

The care-planning process offers people active involvement in deciding, agreeing and owning how their care will be managed. It is intended to be a process of collaboration supported by the principles of person-centredness, partnership and empowerment. According to Swedish legislation, coordinated individual planning must occur for patients transferring to another level of care or when an individual, living in their own home, has the need of efforts from different welfare actors. Awareness of older peoples’ preferences regarding different factors related to the care-planning process may generate knowledge that can facilitate bridging the gaps between care recipients’ preferences and caregivers’ decisions during the care-planning process. The aim of the study was to explore active older persons’ perceptions of healthcare services and preferences of factors related to care planning.

Methods

A qualitative interpretive description framework was chosen for the study. Five focus-group were conducted with 40 members, aged between 70 to 88 years, from six different organizations and associations. Participants represent the growing older population in society that remains active for many years after retirement. The general principles of interpretative descriptions were used in the analysis.

Results

The results showed that the participants thought that many organizational changes that had been made had not improved healthcare services. The participants wanted more flexibility regarding decisions and the possibility to change them. Personal freedom and making choices independently were momentous. They worried about the lack of continuity and perceived that no one assumed overall responsibility. Overall, participants cared more about the quality of the interactions with personnel than about how services were organized. The majority of participants were not aware of the development of a coordinated individual plan. A new service of being able to access the coordinated individual plan on the Internet is offered. A majority of the participants did not have Internet access; they saw themselves as the generation between the old and new systems. They did not resist the new technology but stressed the importance of not excluding anyone.

Discussions

Older persons want their views and preferences to be taken into consideration, and they want to be actively engaged in the decision-making process and make decisions themselves. Older people’s lives have become more individualized with the rest of society, and this requires healthcare service solutions that are more tailored and include different options.

Conclusions

Older persons’ want to be active partners in healthcare and social services and they value a personal relation with the professional actor, easy access and well-coordinated and more personalized and flexible services. They value their independency and want to stay active as long as possible.

Lessons learned

Older persons value their independency and want to remain active and maintain functioning. Views of older people must be considered on different levels, from planning healthcare and social services to individualized care-planning processes.

Limitations

It is important to remember that older people are not a homogeneous group. The participants in this study are active in society and chose to participate. Majority of the participants had no previous experiences of the coordinated individual planning however, they can still have other experiences of healthcare and social services that influence their preferences, and made them participate in the study. Their views do not necessarily correspond with older persons’ views in general.

Suggestions for future research

More knowledge is needed about how individuals and their relatives experiences the Coordinated individual planning process.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-73468OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-73468DiVA, id: diva2:1302711
Conference
ICIC 19- 19th International Conference on Integrated Care
Available from: 2019-04-05 Created: 2019-04-05 Last updated: 2019-04-05

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