The work of case managers as experienced by older persons (+75) with multi-morbidity : a focused ethnography

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title The work of case managers as experienced by older persons (+75) with multi-morbidity : a focused ethnography
Author(s) Hjelm, Markus ; Holst, Göran ; Willman, Ania ; Bohman, Doris ; Kristensson, Jimmie
Date 2015
English abstract
Background Complex health systems make it difficult for older persons (75+) with multi-morbidity to achieve continuity of care. Case management could be one way to address this difficulty. Currently, there is a need to extend the knowledge regarding case management as experienced by those utilising the services, namely older persons (75+) with multi-morbidity. The study aimed to explore older persons’ (75+) with multi-morbidity experiences of case managers. Methods The study design was qualitative and used a focused ethnographic approach. Data was collected through individual interviews with 13 older persons and by participant observations with accompanying field notes, all conducted in 2012–2013. Results The data revealed four themes illustrating the older persons’ experiences of case managers: 1) Someone providing me with a trusting relationship; 2) Someone assisting me; 3) Someone who is on my side; and 4) Someone I do not need at present. Conclusions This study illustrates the importance of establishing trusting relationships between older persons and their case managers in order to truly provide assistance. The older persons valued the case managers acting as informed but unbiased facilitators. The findings could be of help in the development of case management interventions better designed for older persons with multi-morbidity.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12877-015-0172-3 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher BioMed Central
Host/Issue BMC Geriatrics;
Volume 15
ISSN 1471-2318
Pages 168
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) aged
case management
comorbidity
continuity of patient care
delivery of health care
ethnography
intervention
multi-morbidity
qualitative research
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/19937 (link to this page)

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