Family members of older persons with multi-morbidity and their experiences of case managers in Sweden : an interpretive phenomenological approach

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Family members of older persons with multi-morbidity and their experiences of case managers in Sweden : an interpretive phenomenological approach
Author(s) Hjelm, Markus ; Holmgren, Ann-Charlotte ; Willman, Ania ; Bohman, Doris ; Holst Göran
Date 2015
English abstract
Family members of older persons (75+) with multi-morbidity are likely to benefit from utilising case management services performed by case managers. However, research has not yet explored their experiences of case managers. The aim of the study was to deepen the understandning of the importance of case managers to family members of older persons (75+) with multi-morbidity. The study design was based on an interpretive phenomenological approach. Data were collected through individual interviews with 16 family members in Sweden. The interviews were analysed by means of an interpretive phenomenological approach. The findings revealed one overarching theme: "Helps to fulfil my unmet needs", based on three sub-themes: (1) "Helps me feel secure - Experiencing a trusting relationship", (2) "Confirms and strengthens me - Challenging my sense of being alone" and (3) "Being my personal guide- Increasing my competence". The findings indicate that case managers were able to fulfil unmet needs of family members. The latter recognised the importance of case managers providing them with professional services tailored to their individual needs. The findings can contribute to the improvement of case management models not only for older persons but also for their family members.
Publisher Igitur Publishing
Host/Issue International Journal of Integrated Care;
Volume 15
ISSN 1568-4156
Pages E011
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) case management
integrated care
family members
interpretive phenomenology
multi-morbidity
older persons
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/19796 (link to this page)

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