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Caregivers' strong commitment to their relationship with older people
Univ Gavle, Dept Caring Sci & Sociol, Gavle, Sweden.
Univ Gavle, Dept Caring Sci & Sociol, Gavle, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2873-4247
2010 (English)In: International Journal of Nursing Practice, ISSN 1322-7114, E-ISSN 1440-172X, Vol. 16, no 2, p. 99-105Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of the present study was to describe caregivers' good as well as bad experiences of working with older people. The study was based on five focus group interviews. One theme emerged from a latent content analysis: strong commitment to the relationship. This theme functioned as a thread of underlying meaning throughout the entire interpretative process of 48 caregivers' experiences of work. A delicate relationship existed that could be vulnerable and could reveal itself in feelings of lack of knowledge, guilt and fear. The caregivers' committed relationship to the older adults created independency in the ways in which they protected the older people's needs. Further studies are needed that focus on caregivers' transition from dependency to independency. The findings highlight the importance of clinical supervision to personal development and identity, and to promoting caregivers' self-esteem and maintaining a committed relationship. Commitment is a deep human feeling, and it should be promoted in order to maintain and further develop quality care for older adults.

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2010. Vol. 16, no 2, p. 99-105
Keyword [en]
caregiver, focus group, nursing home, older adult, relationship
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Nursing
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Nursing Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-12988DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2010.01818.xISI: 000276019000003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-12988DiVA: diva2:382897
Available from: 2011-01-03 Created: 2011-01-03 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved

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