Support in nursing : an evolutionary concept analysis

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Support in nursing : an evolutionary concept analysis
Author(s) Stoltz, Peter ; Pilhammar Andersson, Ewa ; Willman, Ania
Date 2007
English abstract
This research into the concept of support was undertaken because of supports vital importance to family carers of older persons and its recurrent use in nursing re-search. Therefore, the aim of this study was to inductively develop a definition of support. Specifically in the context area of family care of frail aged persons. The study followed the evolutionary method of concept analysis. The study was based on data from scientific publications, encyclopaedias and dictionaries. In order to secure a representative sample, highly systematic means of sampling were used. From working with the data underpinning this study, it was possible to put forward a definition of support for family carers who care for a frail aged person at home. The two major dimensions, as described under attributes, were merged into the following definition: “Support partly entails the provision of general tangibles like informational-, educational-, economical aid, goods and external services. They are prerequisites for facilitating the family carers’ competence or capacity in care. Moreover it entails necessary qualities such as individualization, adaptability, lasting temporality, room for verbalizing emotions as well as an idea of reciprocal symmet-rical exchange between involved parties.”
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Host/Issue International Journal of Nursing Studies;8
Volume 44
ISSN 0020-7489
Pages 1478-89
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Support
Family Caregivers
Concept analysis
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