Wishes and needs of older persons who have experienced a fall: A qualitative study

Ann Sophia Bertelsen*, Jesper Ryg, Tahir Masud, Dorthe Susanne Nielsen

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Abstract

Aim
The aim of this study was to explore the needs and wishes in everyday life of older persons who have experienced a fall.

Design
A hermeneutic‐phenomenological design with semi‐structured interviews.

Method
Interviews were analysed using systematic text condensation.

Results
Nine patients (5 women, 4 men) were included. The participants were between 67–95 years old. Seven of the nine participants had suffered from recurrent falls. The analysis revealed four themes: “To maintain meaningfulness in everyday life after experiencing a fall”, “Contact with professionals can be a prerequisite for feeling well and motivated after a fall”, “A need for assistive technology and aids in everyday life” and “Asking for help can be a challenge”. Our findings highlight that older‐person‐centred care and treatment are essential to address the complex variations in needs and wishes of older persons who have experienced a fall.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNursing Open
Volume6
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)1105-1112
ISSN2054-1058
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019

Keywords

  • falling
  • hermeneutic phenomenology
  • older fallers
  • patient perspectives
  • qualitative study
  • wishes and needs

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