Factors of importance to the development of pressure ulcers in the care trajectory: perceptions of hospital and community care nurses

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Factors of importance to the development of pressure ulcers in the care trajectory: perceptions of hospital and community care nurses
Author(s) Athlin, Elsy ; Idvall, Ewa ; Jernfält, Margareta ; Johansson, Inger
Date 2009
English abstract
Aim. The study aimed at describing contributing factors for the progression or regression of pressure ulcers in the care trajectory as they were understood by nurses working in hospitals or community care. Background. The development of pressure ulcers is considered to be connected with early prevention and awareness among nurses and some studies have indicated that the care trajectory may be a weak point. Design. The study was carried out with a qualitative design. Method. Fifteen nurses from two Swedish hospitals and 15 nurses from community care were interviewed during 2005. Qualitative content analysis was used to make an understanding of patterns possible. Findings. Three main categories arose, showing that pressure ulcers were considered to be affected in the care trajectory by factors related to the individual patient, to the healthcare personnel and to the healthcare structure. Hospital and community care nurses mostly had corresponding perceptions of these factors. Conclusion. The study both confirmed previous findings and added new knowledge about factors that may affect pressure ulcer in the trajectory of care. The informants' views of nurses' responsibilities and their attitudes towards the care of pressure ulcers could, along with their views on the organisation of care, increase the understanding of the occurrence of pressure ulcers. The need for development and clarification of the organisation and responsibility of pressure ulcer care in the care trajectory was stressed. Relevance to clinical practice. The study highlighted attitudes and values among registered nurses, as well as to how to preserve their commitment and increase their knowledge concerning prevention of pressure ulcers.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2009.02886.x (link to publisher's fulltext)
Host/Issue Journal of Clinical Nursing
ISSN 0962-1067
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) care trajectory
co-operation
nursing care
pressure ulcers
qualitative interviews
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS::Caring sciences::Nursing
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/8906 (link to this page)

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