The Lived Experience of Waiting in Hospital for Placement in a Nursing Home

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/202273
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Lived Experience of Waiting in Hospital for Placement in a Nursing Home
Abstract:
(41st Biennial Convention) Although considerable concern about the use of hospitals by older persons who are waiting to be transferred to a nursing home is evident, few if any investigations have considered the impact on older people of waiting placement in hospital. Older people are often admitted to nursing homes from hospitals, after health care has failed to restore their health, as only about 40% of admissions are from the community. A phenomenological study was conducted to explore the lived experience of older patients waiting in hospital for placement in a nursing home. Although waiting placement in hospital is considered common in Canada, 12 months were required to acquire 9 volunteers in 2 large hospitals who met the criteria for inclusion. One semi-structured interview at a time and place of their choosing was the primary data collection method, although environmental observations including photographs of their living space augmented researcher understandings. Data from transcribed semi-structured interviews, field notes, and living space photographs were analyzed. Three themes were identified: (a) coming to a realization of this significant move; (b) waiting is boring and distressing, and (c) hospitals are not designed for waiting placement. Waiting placement clearly involved indefinite waiting, with a range of concerning negative physical, emotional, and cognitive impacts and implications of waiting in hospitals for placement revealed. Although this study needs replication, the findings should alert nurses, other healthcare professionals and other responsible persons to the many possible negative impacts of this wait in hospital; with remedies to address waiting placement care deficits subsequently planned and implemented.
Keywords:
waiting placement; hospital services; older people
Repository Posting Date:
11-Jan-2012
Date of Publication:
4-Jan-2012
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Lived Experience of Waiting in Hospital for Placement in a Nursing Homeen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/202273-
dc.description.abstract(41st Biennial Convention) Although considerable concern about the use of hospitals by older persons who are waiting to be transferred to a nursing home is evident, few if any investigations have considered the impact on older people of waiting placement in hospital. Older people are often admitted to nursing homes from hospitals, after health care has failed to restore their health, as only about 40% of admissions are from the community. A phenomenological study was conducted to explore the lived experience of older patients waiting in hospital for placement in a nursing home. Although waiting placement in hospital is considered common in Canada, 12 months were required to acquire 9 volunteers in 2 large hospitals who met the criteria for inclusion. One semi-structured interview at a time and place of their choosing was the primary data collection method, although environmental observations including photographs of their living space augmented researcher understandings. Data from transcribed semi-structured interviews, field notes, and living space photographs were analyzed. Three themes were identified: (a) coming to a realization of this significant move; (b) waiting is boring and distressing, and (c) hospitals are not designed for waiting placement. Waiting placement clearly involved indefinite waiting, with a range of concerning negative physical, emotional, and cognitive impacts and implications of waiting in hospitals for placement revealed. Although this study needs replication, the findings should alert nurses, other healthcare professionals and other responsible persons to the many possible negative impacts of this wait in hospital; with remedies to address waiting placement care deficits subsequently planned and implemented.en_GB
dc.subjectwaiting placementen_GB
dc.subjecthospital servicesen_GB
dc.subjectolder peopleen_GB
dc.date.available2012-01-11T11:19:28Z-
dc.date.issued2012-01-04en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-01-11T11:19:28Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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