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Frail Older Persons’ Experiences of Information and Participation in Hospital Care

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Department of Health Sciences, University West, 461 86 Trollhättan, Sweden
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School of Business, Economics and IT, University West, 461 86 Trollhättan, Sweden
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(16), 2829; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16162829
Received: 21 July 2019 / Revised: 30 July 2019 / Accepted: 7 August 2019 / Published: 8 August 2019
The aim of this paper is to describe frail older persons’ experiences of hospital care of information and participation when being an inpatient at a hospital. A qualitative method was used. Data were collected at the hospital from 20 interviews with frail older patients, together with observations in the environment at the hospital ward. A content analysis was performed. Patients experienced not receiving information about their care and rehabilitation, or receiving such information in noisy surroundings. They experienced situations of misunderstanding related to their medication, which indicates the need for appropriate discharge calls for frail older patients. They expressed feelings of distress concerning the future, caused by hasty admissions or relatives’ problems to handle the situation. The results highlight the need to receive appropriate information and to participate in decision-making. The level of health literacy should be taken notice of when giving information, using peaceful and quiet environments when informing frail older persons. Person-centered care should be recognized to a greater extent in order for healthcare professionals to give information to frail older people in a health literacy-friendly way. This might make it easier for frail older persons to participate in a partnership in care. View Full-Text
Keywords: communication; frail older persons; health literacy; information; person-centered care (PCC) communication; frail older persons; health literacy; information; person-centered care (PCC)
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Forsman, B.; Svensson, A. Frail Older Persons’ Experiences of Information and Participation in Hospital Care. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2829.

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