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Nonpharmacological methods: frequency of use and follow-up actions among healthcare staff in the care of older people
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Health.
Blekinge Cty Council, Blekinge Ctr Competence, Karlskrona, Sweden.;Linnaeus Univ, Fac Hlth & Life Sci, Dept Hlth & Caring Sci, Kalmar, Sweden..
2019 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Older people are at risk of developing multi-comorbidity and thus being exposed to multiple treatments and drugs to manage the emerging health complaints. More focus has been put on nonpharmacological alternatives. However, studies revealing the healthcare staff perspective on using nonpharmacological methods (NPMs) in the care of older people are still lacking. Thus, the aim of this study was to map the use of NPMs in daily practices and the follow-up thereof. A population-based survey with questionnaires was performed, included all healthcare professionals (n = 163; nurses and paramedical professionals) working in one district of elderly care in Sweden. The older person's anxiety and worry (76.1%), sleeping problems (53.1%) and pain (41.1%) were the health problems in daily life most likely to trigger use of NPMs. To manage the emerging health problems, interactions (87.1%), diet and nutrition supplements (63.2%) and physical activity were commonly used, particularly by nurses. One third (n = 54) stated that they did not evaluate the NPMs used, with no statistical differences between nurses and paramedical professionals. The present study indicated that NPMs were used in care of older people among nurses and paramedical professionals, but not in a systematic way and often without follow-up.

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WILEY , 2019.
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elderly care, health problems, nonpharmacological methods, older people, survey
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-18909DOI: 10.1111/scs.12761ISI: 000492671500001PubMedID: 31657057OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-18909DiVA, id: diva2:1370274
Available from: 2019-11-14 Created: 2019-11-14 Last updated: 2019-11-21Bibliographically approved

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