Exploring Strategies used by Elders with Chronic Health Problems to Maintain Dignity

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163119
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Exploring Strategies used by Elders with Chronic Health Problems to Maintain Dignity
Author(s):
Jacelon, Cynthia S.
Author Details:
Cynthia S. Jacelon, RN, PhD, CRRN-A, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA, email: jacelon@nursing.umass.edu
Abstract:
Purpose: To explore strategies used by community-dwelling elders to maintain dignity during interactions with healthcare providers. Areas for exploration 1) Characteristics of situations in which the dignity of elders is threatened; 2) Strategies employed by elders in situations with healthcare providers where their dignity is threatened; 3) Variation in strategies employed by elders to maintain or enhance their attributed dignity according to the characteristics of the elder; and 4) Similarities between strategies used by community-dwelling elders with chronic health problems and those used by acutely ill, hospitalized elders. Background: Dignity, an attributed, dynamic quality of the individuals connoting self-value and behavior that demonstrates respect for self and others, is important for the wellbeing of elders. Many situations, particularly interactions with healthcare professionals threaten elder's dignity. Vulnerable elders, like those with chronic health problems, are more at risk for alterations in their dignity than their healthier counterparts. However, little is known about how elders respond to threats to their dignity. Methods (Design, Participants, Setting, Data Collection, Analytic approach): Grounded theory has been chosen as the qualitative method for this study. In the proposed study, the researcher plans to develop and enhance theory focused on the concept of dignity as she has previously defined it. Participants will include approximately 25 community-dwelling elders with self-identified chronic health problems. Data will include transcribed interviews with elders, researcher field notes, and solicited diaries kept by elders. Data will be analyzed using the constant comparative method. Trustworthiness will be addressed by maintaining an audit trail, participant checking, and using a research team. Results: Data collection is in process, results are not yet available. Conclusions and Implications: Understanding of the strategies used by community-dwelling elders with chronic health problems to maintain their attributed dignity will help healthcare providers develop interventions to protect the dignity of elders in vulnerable situations.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2007
Conference Name:
19th Annual Scientific Sessions
Conference Host:
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Conference Location:
Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Description:
Conference theme: Building Communities of Scholarship and Research, held April 12-14, 2007 at The Westin Providence.
Note:
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleExploring Strategies used by Elders with Chronic Health Problems to Maintain Dignityen_GB
dc.contributor.authorJacelon, Cynthia S.en_US
dc.author.detailsCynthia S. Jacelon, RN, PhD, CRRN-A, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA, email: jacelon@nursing.umass.eduen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163119-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: To explore strategies used by community-dwelling elders to maintain dignity during interactions with healthcare providers. Areas for exploration 1) Characteristics of situations in which the dignity of elders is threatened; 2) Strategies employed by elders in situations with healthcare providers where their dignity is threatened; 3) Variation in strategies employed by elders to maintain or enhance their attributed dignity according to the characteristics of the elder; and 4) Similarities between strategies used by community-dwelling elders with chronic health problems and those used by acutely ill, hospitalized elders. Background: Dignity, an attributed, dynamic quality of the individuals connoting self-value and behavior that demonstrates respect for self and others, is important for the wellbeing of elders. Many situations, particularly interactions with healthcare professionals threaten elder's dignity. Vulnerable elders, like those with chronic health problems, are more at risk for alterations in their dignity than their healthier counterparts. However, little is known about how elders respond to threats to their dignity. Methods (Design, Participants, Setting, Data Collection, Analytic approach): Grounded theory has been chosen as the qualitative method for this study. In the proposed study, the researcher plans to develop and enhance theory focused on the concept of dignity as she has previously defined it. Participants will include approximately 25 community-dwelling elders with self-identified chronic health problems. Data will include transcribed interviews with elders, researcher field notes, and solicited diaries kept by elders. Data will be analyzed using the constant comparative method. Trustworthiness will be addressed by maintaining an audit trail, participant checking, and using a research team. Results: Data collection is in process, results are not yet available. Conclusions and Implications: Understanding of the strategies used by community-dwelling elders with chronic health problems to maintain their attributed dignity will help healthcare providers develop interventions to protect the dignity of elders in vulnerable situations.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:01:37Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:01:37Z-
dc.conference.date2007en_US
dc.conference.name19th Annual Scientific Sessionsen_US
dc.conference.hostEastern Nursing Research Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationProvidence, Rhode Island, USAen_US
dc.descriptionConference theme: Building Communities of Scholarship and Research, held April 12-14, 2007 at The Westin Providence.en_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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