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Swedish health care professionals' view of frailty in older persons
Gothenburg University.
Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society. Kristianstad University, Forskningsplattformen Hälsa i samverkan. (Avdelningen för Hälsovetenskap)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0161-4795
Gothenburg University.
2012 (English)In: Journal of Applied Gerontology, ISSN 0733-4648, E-ISSN 1552-4523, Vol. 31, no 5, 622-640 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is a paucity of research literature concerning frailty in older persons from the health care professionals' perspective. Consequently, the purpose of this study was to elucidate health care professionals' view of frailty in older persons. An explorative, qualitative design was selected and four focus groups comprising 21 health care professionals were conducted, audiotaped, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed. Frailty was found to consist of seven dimensions: "being bodily weak and ill," "being negatively influenced by personal qualities," "lacking balance in everyday activities," "being dependent in everyday life," "not being considered important," "being hindered by the physical milieu and defective community service," and "having an inadequate social network." The results showed that health care professionals' view of frailty in older persons differed from the current state of knowledge on frailty. This implies that the seven dimensions found to constitute frailty could contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of the concept.

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2012. Vol. 31, no 5, 622-640 p.
Keyword [en]
frail elderly, focus groups, qualitative research, functional decline, elderly-people, experiences, disability, community, perspective, definition, judgment, adults, team
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-9772DOI: 10.1177/0733464810396874ISI: 000308412400003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-9772DiVA: diva2:558577
Available from: 2012-10-04 Created: 2012-10-04 Last updated: 2015-01-02Bibliographically approved

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