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Nurse strategies for optimising patient participation in nursing care
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.
Univ West, Dept Nursing Hlth & Culture, Trollhattan, Sweden .
University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.
Gothenburg Univ, Sahlgrenska Acad, Inst Hlth & Care Sci, Gothenburg, Sweden.
2009 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 23, no 3, 490-497 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The study's rationale: Patient participation is an essential factor in nursing care and medical treatment and a legal right in many countries. Despite this, patients have experienced insufficient participation, inattention and neglect regarding their problems and may respond with dependence, passivity or taciturnity. Accordingly, nurses strategies for optimising patient participation in nursing care is an important question for the nursing profession. Aim and objective: The aim was to explore Registered Nurses' strategies to stimulate and optimise patient participation in nursing care. The objective was to identify ward nurses' supporting practices. Methodological design and justification: A qualitative research approach was applied. Three focus groups with experienced Registered Nurses providing inpatient somatic care (n = 16) were carried out. These nurses were recruited from three hospitals in West Sweden. The data were analysed using content analysis technique. Ethical issues and approval: The ethics of scientific work was adhered to. According to national Swedish legislation, no formal permit from an ethics committee was required. The participants gave informed consent after verbal and written information. Results: Nurse strategies for optimising patient participation in nursing care were identified as three categories: 'Building close co-operation', 'Getting to know the person' and 'Reinforcing self-care capacity' and their 10 subcategories. Conclusions: The strategies point to a process of emancipation of the patient's potential by finding his/her own inherent knowledge, values, motivation and goals and linking these to actions. Nurses need to strive for guiding the patient towards attaining meaningful experiences, discoveries, learning and development. The strategies are important and useful to balance the asymmetry in the nurse-patient relationship in daily nursing practice and also in quality assurance to evaluate and improve patient participation and in education. However, further verification of the findings is recommended by means of replication or other studies in different clinical settings.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell, 2009. Vol. 23, no 3, 490-497 p.
Keyword [en]
focus group, nurse/nursing, patient participation, user involvement
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-6936DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-6712.2008.00649.xISI: 000268960400010PubMedID: 19552793Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-68949086349OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-6936DiVA: diva2:578898
Available from: 2012-12-19 Created: 2012-12-19 Last updated: 2013-04-02Bibliographically approved

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