Meaning in life of older adults in daily care: a qualitative analysis of participant observations of home nursing visits
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S.H.A. Hupkens, M.J.B.M. Goumans, Peter Derkx, A. Oldersma, Trudy Schutter, Anja Machielse | Artikel | Publicatiedatum: 11 april 2019
To explore situations in daily home nursing regarding meaning in life of older adults.
Qualitative research design.
In total, 197 participant observations were conducted during home nursing visits between September 2015–May 2018. Descriptions were thematically analysed. The themes of this analysis were subsequently linked to dimensions of meaning in life. Dialogue in research groups expanded understanding.
Four main themes were found namely: being in a private environment; nurse–patient encounter embedded in a relationship; personal care; and conversation.
Meaning in life of older adults may come to light in every situation during daily care. Hence there are many opportunities for nurses to attune their work to patients' meaning in life. Nurse education and health management should enable them to do so.