To manage a complex dependency: The experience of caregiving after a fall

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Título: To manage a complex dependency: The experience of caregiving after a fall
Autor/es: Cuesta-Benjumea, Carmen de la | Ramis Ortega, Emilia | Arredondo González, Claudia Patricia
Grupo/s de investigación o GITE: Calidad de Vida, Bienestar Psicológico y Salud | Enfermería y Cultura de los Cuidados (EYCC)
Centro, Departamento o Servicio: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Psicología de la Salud
Palabras clave: Caregiving | Focus groups | Nursing home care | Older people | Falls | Qualitative approaches
Área/s de conocimiento: Enfermería
Fecha de publicación: 21-ago-2018
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
Cita bibliográfica: Journal of Advanced Nursing. 2019, 75(1): 138-149. doi:10.1111/jan.13831
Resumen: Aim: To understand the experience of family members of an older relative who has had a fall which required medical attention. Background: There is abundant bibliography in caregiving, but little is known about the problems faced by caregivers and how family members cope when their older relative has a fall. Design: Qualitative study that used a symbolic interactionism perspective. Methods: Twenty‐two people with older relatives, who had had a fall and contacted health services in Spain, participated in the study. Data were obtained via written accounts, focus groups, and semi‐structured interviews between February 2014 ‐ December 2015. Analysis was guided by grounded theory procedures. Results: With the fall, dependency becomes a complex issue for the family. To manage a complex dependency is the core issue that emerges from the data analysis. It depicts family efforts to assist their relative in gaining autonomy after a fall, in the best conditions they can provide. They do this with little guidance and support from healthcare professionals. Conclusions: Guides and protocols for the care of a fragile older person, particularly after a fall, should not only include care but also support to caregivers. Health professionals and especially nurses need to be aware and respond to the family caregivers needs after a fall. To the fall prevention initiatives already in place, it must be added that those who support family members to cope with the care of an older person who has had a fall.
Patrocinador/es: Authors receive funds to conduct this research from the Nursing Scientific Association of Spain (SCELE), Charo Palencia Grant.
ISSN: 0309-2402 (Print) | 1365-2648 (Online)
DOI: 10.1111/jan.13831
Idioma: eng
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Derechos: © 2018 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
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