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J Clin Nurs. 2019 Apr;28(7-8):1251-1259. doi: 10.1111/jocn.14738. Epub 2019 Jan 7.

Nurses' descriptions of person-centred care for older people in an acute medical ward-On the individual, team and organisational levels'.

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1
Department of Nursing, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.
2
School of Nursing and Midwifery, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
3
School of Nursing and Midwifery, College of Science, Health and Engineering, Latrobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Abstract

AIM AND OBJECTIVES:

To describe nurses' experiences of providing person-centred care for older people on an acute medical ward.

BACKGROUND:

There is evidence that person-centred care for older people contributes to a higher quality care and increased satisfaction with care. However, there is a shortness of studies providing concrete examples of what facilitates nurses providing person-centred care for older people in acute care.

DESIGN:

An interview study with qualitative content analysis. COREQ guidelines have been applied.

METHOD:

Fourteen registered nurses and enrolled nurses from an acute care ward participated in semi structured research interviews. The interviews were conducted during 2016 and interpreted using qualitative content analyses.

RESULTS:

Person-centred care was described at different levels in care; at the individual nurse level, person-centred care was described as involving person-centred assessing, relating and spacing which involved personalising assessments, relationships as well as the physical environment. At the team level, person-centred care was described in terms of person-centred goal setting, team responsibilities and team support, and involved having shared and personalised goals, different team responsibilities and a climate of support and collaboration. At the organisational level, person-centred care was described in terms of having person-centred routines, workloads and staff roles that all contributed to put the person at the core of the organisation and build routines to support this.

CONCLUSIONS:

The current study emphasises that, rather than confining person-centred care to specific moments or relationships, a systematic, multilevel organisational approach seems needed to enable nurses as individuals and teams to provide person-centred care consistently and continuously to older people in acute care settings.

RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE:

The results of this study should inspire nurses and managers to expedite implementation of person-centred care for older care recipients hospitalised in acute care wards. Examples of person-centred care are presented herein at clearly identified sites, namely, the "individual," "team" and "organisational levels."

KEYWORDS:

aged; care; emergency nursing; organisation; patient-centred care; person; team; ward

PMID:
30552784
DOI:
10.1111/jocn.14738
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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