Hearing what older consumers say about participation in their care

Penney, Wendy and Wellard, Sally J 2007, Hearing what older consumers say about participation in their care, International journal of nursing practice, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 61-68, doi: 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2006.00608.x.

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Title Hearing what older consumers say about participation in their care
Author(s) Penney, Wendy
Wellard, Sally J
Journal name International journal of nursing practice
Volume number 13
Issue number 1
Start page 61
End page 68
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Milton, Qld
Publication date 2007-02
ISSN 1322-7114
Keyword(s) care of older people
consumer participation
critical ethnography
Summary A study exploring older people's participation in their care in acute hospital settings reveals both consumers' and nurses' views of participation. Using a critical ethnographic design, data were collected through participant observation and interviews from consumers in acute care settings who were over 70 years old and nurses who were caring from them. Thematic analysis identified that older people equated participation with being independent. Importantly, consumers highlighted the complexity of the notion of participation when describing situations where they were unable to participate in their own care. The difficulties in communicating with health professionals and an inability to administer their own medications in inpatient settings were identified as barriers to participation. Understanding what consumers believe participation means provides a starting point for developing meaningful partnerships between health professionals and people receiving care.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2006.00608.x
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007088

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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