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Preventive home visits to older people in Southern Sweden
Hässleholm Hospital.
Kristianstad University, Department of Health Sciences. (Avdelningen för Hälsovetenskap)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0161-4795
2005 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1403-4948, E-ISSN 1651-1905, Vol. 33, no 5, 392-400 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: It seems urgent to further develop and modify models of preventive measures in order to prolong a healthy functional and social situation for older people, as this population is increasing globally. The aim of the study was to describe a Swedish model of preventive home visits for persons aged 78 years with the focus on the effect on physical and social well-being, and the participants' and the visitors' experience of the home visits.

METHOD: Three annual visits were performed and included 150 persons, 78 years old at the first visit. Data were collected in the form of a structured interview with the persons who received the visits and as a questionnaire for their visitors.

RESULTS: Differences over time could be seen for the participants' physical and social activity, indicating that there was a deterioration between year one and two that was not seen in year three. The results further showed that the participants felt more secure and well informed as a result of the visits. The visitors said that they had gained a new, more positive view of older people and increased job satisfaction as a result of the visits and emphasized the impact on their own professional development.

CONCLUSION: As no control group was used, the interpretation of effects concerning health factors has to be interpreted with caution. The visits did, however, have a positive impact on the participants and the visitors.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 33, no 5, 392-400 p.
Keyword [en]
Community care, older people, preventive home visits
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Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-8890DOI: 10.1080/14034940510005842ISI: 000232467300009PubMedID: 16267888OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-8890DiVA: diva2:477113
Available from: 2012-01-12 Created: 2012-01-12 Last updated: 2015-01-02Bibliographically approved

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