Enduring: The Experience of Hospitalized Elderly Patients
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Repository Posting Date2019-04-01T17:03:12Z
Author(s)Huckstadt, Alicia A.
Author DetailsDr. Alicia A. Huckstadt, PhD, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP
Lead Author Sigma AffliationEpsilon Gamma at-Large
Level of EvidenceGrounded Theory
Research ApproachQualitative Research
The number of elderly hospitalized patients is increasing dramatically. Yet, the hospitalization experience of the elderly is not well understood. The purpose of this study was to explore the hospitalization process as perceived by elderly patients, family members, and nurses caring for these patients. The design of the study was grounded theory. Data were generated and theory derived from the environmental context of the data. Ethnographic interviews were conducted with eight white, middle-class elderly patients (aged 66 to 83 years), seven family members, ten nurses, and a patient representative in an acute care setting. Other methods of data collection included participant observation and review of medical records. Data analysis included the constant comparative method of systematically collecting and analyzing data until categories were saturated and a core variable emerged. Substantive theory was developed from the analyses. Enduring The Experience described the theory that elderly patients engage in a process that allowed them to "bear it" until they could be dismissed from the hospital. The theory included six categories: (1) Accepting Assistance--describes the willingness of informants to engage in care giving/receiving behaviors; (2) Believing It Will Be OK--describes the informant's thoughts and feelings that someone or something will provide patients with the needed elements; (3) Playing the Game--depicts thoughts and actions of informants to get through the ordeal, with as few disturbances as possible; (4) Protecting--reflects thoughts and actions taken by informants to shield the patients/family members against negative consequences; (5) Remembering--refers to informant's thoughts of past illnesses/hospitalization; and (6) Worrying--describes the frequent distressing thoughts experienced by the informants. The substantive theory of Enduring The Experience was depicted by a conceptual model and compared to models of stress/copying. This research provides the groundwork for further formal theory of the elderly person's hospitalization experience. Results of the study may be helpful in the understanding of problems related to the hospitalization experience itself and identifying interventions that could facilitate this experience for elderly patients and families.
DescriptionThis dissertation has also been disseminated through the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. Dissertation/thesis number: 9029761; ProQuest document ID: 303926276. The author still retains copyright.
Advisor(s)Stember, Marilyn L.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Colorado Health Sciences Center
NotesThis item has not gone through this repository's peer-review process, but has been accepted by the indicated university or college in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the specified degree.
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