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Improving the quality of life for patients' with co-morbidities requiring acute care

Williams, Allison 2001, Improving the quality of life for patients' with co-morbidities requiring acute care, in ACQOL 2001 : Third Australian Conference on Quality of Life Melbourne, Vic., pp. 1-1.

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Title Improving the quality of life for patients' with co-morbidities requiring acute care
Author(s) Williams, Allison
Conference name Australian Conference on Quality of Life (3rd : 2001 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 19 November 2001
Title of proceedings ACQOL 2001 : Third Australian Conference on Quality of Life
Publication date 2001
Start page 1
End page 1
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary Reduced mortality rates in the Western world have created an increase in people with co-morbidities who have the potential to require acute care hospital services. These patients' chronic conditions often require complex needs that may not always be met by an acute care focus. This has created a precedent for nurses concerned with the holistic care and quality of life for these patients. This paper aims to describe the experiences of patients with co-morbidities who were admitted to hospital with an acute illness. This exploratory descriptive design selected patients in acute care who had more than one co-morbidity for approximately five years. Data was obtained from a purposive sample of twelve patients within two weeks of being discharged home using a semi-structured interview approach. Data analysis was conducted utilising Nvivo software to process the Colaizzi [1978] method. The theme clusters revealed a lack of continuity and co-ordinated care of the patients' co-morbidities during the acute admission and in discharge planning. It was seen that combinations of chronic conditions and treatments affected these patients' experience of acute care and thereafter, where conceptualisations of co-morbidity failed to accurately capture the underlying health care needs of these patients. These findings have implications for a comprehensive and considered approach to these patients' health care needs and quality of life whilst developing an improved understanding of co-morbidity for nursing. Recommendations for further research conclude this paper.
Language eng
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
HERDC Research category L3 Extract of paper (minor conferences)
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30015534

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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