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Swedish Health Care Professionals' View of Frailty in Older Persons

Gustafsson, Susanne; Edberg, Anna-Karin LU and Dahlin-Ivanoff, Synneve (2012) In Journal of Applied Gerontology 31(5). p.622-640
Abstract
There is a paucity of research literature concerning frailty in older persons from the health care professionals' perspective. Consequently, the purpose of this study was to elucidate health care professionals' view of frailty in older persons. An explorative, qualitative design was selected and four focus groups comprising 21 health care professionals were conducted, audiotaped, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed. Frailty was found to consist of seven dimensions: "being bodily weak and ill," "being negatively influenced by personal qualities," "lacking balance in everyday activities," "being dependent in everyday life," "not being considered important," "being hindered by the physical milieu and defective community service," and "having... (More)
There is a paucity of research literature concerning frailty in older persons from the health care professionals' perspective. Consequently, the purpose of this study was to elucidate health care professionals' view of frailty in older persons. An explorative, qualitative design was selected and four focus groups comprising 21 health care professionals were conducted, audiotaped, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed. Frailty was found to consist of seven dimensions: "being bodily weak and ill," "being negatively influenced by personal qualities," "lacking balance in everyday activities," "being dependent in everyday life," "not being considered important," "being hindered by the physical milieu and defective community service," and "having an inadequate social network." The results showed that health care professionals' view of frailty in older persons differed from the current state of knowledge on frailty. This implies that the seven dimensions found to constitute frailty could contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of the concept. (Less)
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frail elderly, focus groups, qualitative research
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Journal of Applied Gerontology
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31
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5
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622 - 640
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SAGE Publications Inc.
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1552-4523
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10.1177/0733464810396874
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  abstract     = {There is a paucity of research literature concerning frailty in older persons from the health care professionals' perspective. Consequently, the purpose of this study was to elucidate health care professionals' view of frailty in older persons. An explorative, qualitative design was selected and four focus groups comprising 21 health care professionals were conducted, audiotaped, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed. Frailty was found to consist of seven dimensions: "being bodily weak and ill," "being negatively influenced by personal qualities," "lacking balance in everyday activities," "being dependent in everyday life," "not being considered important," "being hindered by the physical milieu and defective community service," and "having an inadequate social network." The results showed that health care professionals' view of frailty in older persons differed from the current state of knowledge on frailty. This implies that the seven dimensions found to constitute frailty could contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of the concept.},
  author       = {Gustafsson, Susanne and Edberg, Anna-Karin and Dahlin-Ivanoff, Synneve},
  issn         = {1552-4523},
  keyword      = {frail elderly,focus groups,qualitative research},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {622--640},
  publisher    = {SAGE Publications Inc.},
  series       = {Journal of Applied Gerontology},
  title        = {Swedish Health Care Professionals' View of Frailty in Older Persons},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0733464810396874},
  volume       = {31},
  year         = {2012},
}