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Older patients’ experience of the caretime during a hospital stay
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The population is ageing all over the world, and there is an increasing prevalence of chronic illness and complex conditions. Older people have an improved risk of several complications compared with the broad population, leading to more time spent in hospital and an increased risk of readmission. The most specific need of older patients is often the multiple need of care. The aim of this study was to describe older patients’ experiences of caretime during a hospital stay. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews with seven older patients, and analysed using qualitative thematic content analysis. The analysis resulted in two themes and five categories. The results show that caretime during a hospital stay includes a lot of waiting and that patients handle their waiting in different ways. The results also point out the importance for patients to develop good relationships with professionals since good relations creates feelings of security and could decrease anxiety and fear during a hospital stay. Older patients also asked for being more involved in their care and asked for more detailed information about the hospital stay. The results revealed that information makes patients’ more secure and safe during a hospital stay.

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Keyword [en]
Medicine, Patients’ experience, nursing care, geriatric ward, involvement, waiting, safety, relation, information, communication, support
Keyword [sv]
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-44680ISRN: LTU-DUPP--10/046--SELocal ID: 2731d650-34eb-42d6-87f0-adb32de2514eOAI: diva2:1017959
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Specialist Nursing, Elderly Care
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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