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Older Adults' Ways of Dealing With Daily Life While Living With Long-Term Musculoskeletal Pain at Home
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences. College of Nursing, The University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, USA.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3970-1288
College of Nursing, The University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, USA.
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences. College of Nursing, The University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, USA.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9771-6640
Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
2012 (English)In: Journal of Applied Gerontology, ISSN 0733-4648, E-ISSN 1552-4523, Vol. 31, no 5, 685-705 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Long-term musculoskeletal pain is a global health problem among older adults. Yet little is known about how these older adults actually deal with daily life. This study’s aim is to describe the ways these older adults dealt with daily life at home. Phenomenography is used to collect and analyze data from semistructured interviews with 19 older adults and to identify the range in which they dealt with daily life. Findings consist of an outcome space that encompassed four categories: ignore, struggle, adjust, and resign. The different ways older adults dealt with daily life when living with long-term pain at home strengthen the importance of individualized plans of care in the home and a holistic perspective. Findings contribute to enhanced understanding of a common health problem among older adults that can be used to promote quality of care and improve the quality of life of older adults.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2012. Vol. 31, no 5, 685-705 p.
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject
Medical sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-5151DOI: 10.1177/0733464810397540ISI: 000308412400006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84871744001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-5151DiVA: diva2:427591
Available from: 2011-06-28 Created: 2011-06-28 Last updated: 2015-03-16Bibliographically approved
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1. Older adults' conceptions of home and experiences of living with long-term musculoskeletal pain at home
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2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Worldwide there are an increasing number of older adults, many of whom desire to age in place, remaining at home. This makes home increasingly important for health care delivery. Long-term musculoskeletal pain often accompanies old age and is one of the most prevailing and disabling health problems among community dwelling older adults. However, limited research exists on older adults' conceptions of home and their experiences of living with musculoskeletal pain at home. Nurses need this kind of understanding for individualized and holistic care of older adults living at home.

Three studies were conducted. The Hybrid Model for Concept Development was used to define the concept of home and its meaning in the lives of three older women. Home consisted of three components, place, relationship and experience and was defined as a place to which one is attached, feels comfortable and secure and has the experience of dwelling. Secondly, hermeneutical text interpretation was used to understand the experience of home from interviews with six older adults. Home was intimate and integral to one's sense of being and life itself. Participants could not really imagine living without it. There was an underlying tension and fear of being forced to leave home one day. Lastly, qualitative interviews with 19 older adults, phenomenography and content analysis, were used to describe differences and commonalities in the experience of living with long-term musculoskeletal pain at home. Four ways of dealing with daily life were identified: ignore, struggle, adjust and resign. Participants learned how to endure pain in their daily life. Common themes included: taking the pain as it comes, one day at a time; balancing the pain with activity, thoughts and emotions; self talking; trying to be less of a burden to family and others; capturing, enjoying and valuing moments of pleasure. Three major concepts in symbolic interactionism: role, negotiation and meaning making illuminated findings. Increased understanding of home among older adults and the enduring associated with living with long-term musculoskeletal pain may enhance the quality of life at home, preserve and promote the older adult's sense of being at home, health and overall well-being and maximize care and minimize intrusion.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University of Rhode Island, 2012. 289 p.
Keyword
Home, Home health care, Musculoskeletal pain, Nursing, Older adults, Qualitative research
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject
Medical sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:his:diva-7010 (URN)978-91-628-8514-4 (ISBN)
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Joint PhD program in nursing. University of Skövde and University of Rhode Island.

Dissertation committee:

Schwartz-Barcott, Donna L.,University of Rhode Island

Burbank, Pat M., University of Rhode Island

Bergh, Ingrid H. E., University of Skövde

Martensson, Lena B., University of Skövde

Coppa, Denise A., University of Rhode Island

Clark, Phillip G., University of Rhode Island

Available from: 2013-01-15 Created: 2013-01-15 Last updated: 2015-03-16Bibliographically approved

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