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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Exploring health-related needs of elderly people (70+) at home : a qualitative study from Switzerland
Authors: Karma, Brunner
Busch, Ada Katrin
Händler-Schuster, Daniela
et. al: No
DOI: 10.1177/21501327211055635
Published in: Journal of Primary Care & Community Health
Volume(Issue): 12
Page(s): 1
Pages to: 7
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Sage
ISSN: 2150-1319
Language: English
Subjects: Community care; Elderly needs; Healthy aging; Specialized nurse
Subject (DDC): 305: Groups (age, origine, gender, income)
610.73: Nursing
Abstract: Background: The elderly represents the fastest growing group in our population. Since there is a close relationship between the number of older people and health care expenditure, promoting healthy aging has become an important topic. However, it is essential to understand first the needs of this population in order to create suitable programs and activities. Methods: A qualitative design was used in this study to explore the subjective views of elderly people and to learn more about their health-related needs. A total of 12 participants were recruited using a consecutive sampling strategy. The data were collected through semi-structured interviews and analyzed by employing a summarizing content analysis. Results: This study has identified 4 areas of health-related needs: Independence and autonomy, social security, structure in daily life and community and belonging, where all categories are interrelated and interact with one other. Conclusion: Focusing more on community-based approaches would support creating a conducive environment. Also, home visits undertaken by a specialized nurse focused on health risks and disabilities could be an adequate approach to support the elderly population in an efficient way and to offer targeted programs and activities.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
Departement: School of Health Sciences
Organisational Unit: Institute of Nursing (IPF)
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