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Efforts of a Mobile Geriatric Team from a Next-of-Kin Perspective: A Phenomenographic Study
Örebro University Hospital. Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. University Health Care Research Center.
Division of Social Work (SOCARB), Department of Culture and Society (IKOS), Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. Örebro University Hospital. University Health Care Research Center, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden; Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health, Care and Nursing, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), 2815 Gjövik, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2157-8579
2023 (English)In: Healthcare, E-ISSN 2227-9032, Vol. 11, no 7, article id 1038Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Many older adults with complex illnesses are today cared for by their next of kin in their own homes and are often sent between different caregivers in public healthcare. Mobile Geriatric Teams (MGTs) are a healthcare initiative for older adults with extensive care needs living at home, coordinated between hospital, primary, and municipal care. The study aims to describe how next of kin experience care efforts from an MGT for their older adult family members. The study has a descriptive qualitative design and uses a phenomenographic approach. Fourteen next of kin to older adult family members who receive efforts from an MGT were interviewed. Two descriptive categories reflecting their experiences emerged: Professional care and No longer having the main responsibility. The study shows that the participants valued that the staff was very competent, that the physician made home visits and could make quick decisions, and that treatments were given at home. They feel that they receive support and experience security and that a burden is lifted from them. Our study shows that through the MGT, next of kin become involved in the care and are relieved of the burden of responsibility of caring for their older family member.

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MDPI, 2023. Vol. 11, no 7, article id 1038
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mobile geriatric team (MGT), next of kin, older adults, phenomenography
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Geriatrics Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-105527DOI: 10.3390/healthcare11071038ISI: 000973113600001PubMedID: 37046965Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85152391858OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-105527DiVA, id: diva2:1750925
Available from: 2023-04-14 Created: 2023-04-14 Last updated: 2023-05-22Bibliographically approved

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