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A qualitative study of nursing staff members´ interpretations of signs of gerotranscendence
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences. (Caring Sciences)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences. (Caring Sciences)
2001 (English)In: Journal of Advanced Nursing, ISSN 0309-2402, E-ISSN 1365-2648, Vol. 36, no 5, 635-642 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aims

This study was conducted in Sweden and investigated whether nursing staff working with old people could recognize signs of gerotranscendence and, if so, how they interpreted such signs. Another aim was to describe how the staff addressed and cared for older people, 65 and older, showing signs of gerotranscendence.

Background

The theory of gerotranscendence is a theory that, present a new understanding of the ageing process. Gerotranscendence is regarded as a natural developmental process, and the term transcendence implies a shift in an older person's meta-perspective and a new outlook on reality.

Methods

Proceeding from Tornstam's description of signs of gerotranscendence, an interview guide was designed, qualitative interviews performed and the theory of gerotranscendence was used as the basis for the qualitative analysis.

Findings

Findings showed that staff working with old people noticed signs of gerotranscendence. However, their interpretations were highly variable; in some cases such signs were interpreted as what might be interpreted as 'pathological'. This is probably because the staff had no theoretical tools with which to make other interpretations. Some signs were interpreted as common and in some cases as 'normal'. These could be theoretically understood from either an activity or developmental perspective.

Conclusions

Staffs' need an interpretative framework allowing them to understand the signs they sometimes observe in older people. Having an interpretative framework in which these signs are seen as normal aspects of ageing would enable staff to develop a different attitude towards older people and another approach to caring for them.

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2001. Vol. 36, no 5, 635-642 p.
Keyword [en]
Gerontology nursing, gerontological care, gerontological theory, gerotranscendence
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-62237DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2648.2001.02019.xISI: 000172537600004PubMedID: 11737495OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-62237DiVA: diva2:90148
Available from: 2008-10-17 Created: 2008-10-17 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved

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