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Äldres psykiska hälsa - en studie om hemsjukvårdens kunskap och arbetsmetoder

Wall, Douglas LU and Jansson, Frida LU (2011) SOPA63 20102
School of Social Work
Abstract
Elderly mental health, a study of staff in nursing’s knowledge and practice

The purpose of this study was to examine how staff in nursing looked on their own knowledge and how they considered mental illness among people over 75 years old. We also described how the staff considers that they are working on the mental health of older people. More specific, the aim was to see what kind of knowledge there is among staff in nursing, how the staffs perceive the extent of mental illness among the elderly and how the staff satisfy the current situation today. We have through previous research found that mental illness is a problem in today's society where 29% of those aged over 85 years suffers from some type of depression. This study is based... (More)
Elderly mental health, a study of staff in nursing’s knowledge and practice

The purpose of this study was to examine how staff in nursing looked on their own knowledge and how they considered mental illness among people over 75 years old. We also described how the staff considers that they are working on the mental health of older people. More specific, the aim was to see what kind of knowledge there is among staff in nursing, how the staffs perceive the extent of mental illness among the elderly and how the staff satisfy the current situation today. We have through previous research found that mental illness is a problem in today's society where 29% of those aged over 85 years suffers from some type of depression. This study is based on qualitative methods. We used semi-structured interviews and interviewed six assistant nurses and one nurse. We have used a couple of theoretical perspective that emphasizes the importance of interaction and human relationships which are taken from a social psychological level. We did also use a theory about knowledge. The study emphasizes some key themes that the staff saw as the causes of elderly mental illness: older people's loneliness and loss of social relationships, loss of safety, loss of activity, loss of relatives, to feel cumbersome and have less physical health. Time is a central theme when we were talking about what is both the cause and solution to mental illness. A number of staff expressing that they need more time to complete their work with the elderly. We found that the staff also used knowledge that they didn’t thought they have got from a formal education. We also discussed the importance of increasing the theoretical skills and the commitment among the employees. (Less)
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Wall, Douglas LU and Jansson, Frida LU
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SOPA63 20102
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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knowledge and practice, home nursing, Mental health, elderly, home health care perspective
language
Swedish
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1768716
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2011-01-27 18:13:09
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  abstract     = {Elderly mental health, a study of staff in nursing’s knowledge and practice

The purpose of this study was to examine how staff in nursing looked on their own knowledge and how they considered mental illness among people over 75 years old. We also described how the staff considers that they are working on the mental health of older people. More specific, the aim was to see what kind of knowledge there is among staff in nursing, how the staffs perceive the extent of mental illness among the elderly and how the staff satisfy the current situation today. We have through previous research found that mental illness is a problem in today's society where 29% of those aged over 85 years suffers from some type of depression. This study is based on qualitative methods. We used semi-structured interviews and interviewed six assistant nurses and one nurse. We have used a couple of theoretical perspective that emphasizes the importance of interaction and human relationships which are taken from a social psychological level. We did also use a theory about knowledge. The study emphasizes some key themes that the staff saw as the causes of elderly mental illness: older people's loneliness and loss of social relationships, loss of safety, loss of activity, loss of relatives, to feel cumbersome and have less physical health. Time is a central theme when we were talking about what is both the cause and solution to mental illness. A number of staff expressing that they need more time to complete their work with the elderly. We found that the staff also used knowledge that they didn’t thought they have got from a formal education. We also discussed the importance of increasing the theoretical skills and the commitment among the employees.},
  author       = {Wall, Douglas and Jansson, Frida},
  keyword      = {knowledge and practice,home nursing,Mental health,elderly,home health care perspective},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Äldres psykiska hälsa - en studie om hemsjukvårdens kunskap och arbetsmetoder},
  year         = {2011},
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