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Perspectives of health and self-care among older persons-To be implemented in an interactive information and communication technology-platform
School of Health and Welfare, Halmstad University, Halmstad, Sweden / Faculty of Medicine and Health, School of Health Sciences, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden.
Division of Nursing, Department of Neurobiology, Care Science and Society, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
School of Health and Welfare, Halmstad University, Halmstad, Sweden.
Division of Nursing, Department of Neurobiology, Care Science and Society, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
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2017 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Nursing, ISSN 0962-1067, E-ISSN 1365-2702, Vol. 26, no 23-24, p. 4745-4755Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

AIM AND OBJECTIVES: To acquire knowledge regarding the contents to be implemented in an interactive information and communication technology-platform perceived to be relevant to health and self-care among older persons based on the literature, healthcare professionals and the older persons themselves.

BACKGROUND: The growing ageing population places demands on the healthcare system to promote healthy ageing and to strengthen the older person's self-care ability. This requires innovative approaches to facilitate communication between the older person and healthcare professionals, and to increase the older person's participation in their care. An information and communication technology-platform could be used for this purpose, but the content needs to be relevant to both the older persons and the healthcare professionals.

DESIGN: Descriptive qualitative design.

METHODS: This study was based on three samplings: a scoping review of the literature (n = 20 articles), interviews with healthcare professionals (n = 5) and a secondary analysis of interviews with older persons (n = 8) and nursing assistants (n = 7). The data were analysed using qualitative content analysis.

RESULTS: Four areas were identified to be of relevance to older persons' perceived health: frame of mind, having relationships and social activities, physical ability and concerns, and maintaining self-care. Self-care was described in the literature and by the healthcare professionals more than by the older persons.

CONCLUSIONS: The results show a concordance in the data samplings that give a clear indication of the areas relevant to older persons' health and self-care that can be integrated in an interactive information and communication technology-platform for use in regular daily care assessments. Descriptions of self-care were limited indicating a possible gap in knowledge that requires further research.

RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: Areas relevant to older persons' health and self-care could be used for regular assessment to support and promote healthy ageing.

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2017. Vol. 26, no 23-24, p. 4745-4755
Keywords [en]
health status, information-communication technology, nursing care, older persons, qualitative content analysis, self-care
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Medical and Health Sciences Health Sciences Nursing
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Wellbeing in long-term health problems (WeLHP)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-14260DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13827ISI: 000416319600087PubMedID: 28334519Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85019650723OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-14260DiVA, id: diva2:1152501
Available from: 2017-10-25 Created: 2017-10-25 Last updated: 2018-02-16Bibliographically approved

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