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Patients’ and Caregivers’ Attributes in a Meaningful Care Encounter: Similarities and Notable Differences
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1085-0872
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5670-6908
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9821-9945
2012 (English)In: Aging in a Changing World, 2012Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In today’s healthcare system, there is an imbalance between what patients expect of caregivers’ care and their perception of the care they get. How is it possible to reduce this imbalance? The aim of this paper was to describe attributes associated with meaningful encounters in the Swedish healthcare system based on patients’ and caregivers’ written narratives and to note the differences and similarities between the attributes identified by the two groups. This paper is a qualitative descriptive study. The analysis was guided by qualitative content analyses. Based on patients’ narratives, attributes associated with a meaningful encounter fell into four categories: the kind-hearted caregiver, the thoughtful caregiver, the mutually oriented caregiver, and the helpful caregiver. Based on caregivers’ narratives, the attributes were categorized as being humane, caring through physical contact, caring by nurturing communication, joy and laughter in care, and a sense of mutuality. The results show that there are both similarities and differences in patients’ and caregivers’ opinions about the attributes of ameaningful encounter. Knowing more about the attributes associated with meaningful encounters makes it possible for caregivers to individualize care for patients and makes it easier to help and support patients in what they most need support with.

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2012.
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Medical and Health Sciences
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Care Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-16353OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-16353DiVA: diva2:573489
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Aging in a Changing. World 41st Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting. Vancouver
Available from: 2012-11-30 Created: 2012-11-30 Last updated: 2017-02-08Bibliographically approved

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