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“It is meaningful; I feel that I can make a difference” -A qualitative study about GPs’ experiences of work at nursing homes in Sweden

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Family Practice, August 2015
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Title
“It is meaningful; I feel that I can make a difference” -A qualitative study about GPs’ experiences of work at nursing homes in Sweden
Published in
BMC Family Practice, August 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12875-015-0326-6
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Authors

Beata Borgström Bolmsjö, Eva Lena Strandberg, Patrik Midlöv, Annika Brorsson

Abstract

Swedish nursing homes (NH) have limited capacity. As a result elderly people living in NH represent the part of the elderly population in most need of care. In Sweden a General Practitioner (GP) is usually responsible for the medical care of all subjects living in a NH. The residents in NH seldom have adequate pharmacological treatment according to diagnosis and often have polypharmacy and/or inappropriate medical treatment regarding concerns of declining renal function. What prevents optimal care for the elderly is multifaceted, but there is limited research on how GPs experience their work with the elderly in NH in Sweden. This study aims to illuminate the GPs' work with the elderly in NH to provide input on how the care can be improved, as well as to identify potential obstacles for good quality of care. This qualitative study is based on individual semi-structured interviews with 12 GPs and a follow-up focus group discussion with six of the interviewed GPs. The interviews were analysed with systematic text condensation, with the process leading to identify categories and themes. Thereafter, the themes were discussed among six of the participating GPs in a focus group interview. Two main themes were identified: concern for the patient and sustainable working conditions. The principal focus for the GPs was to contribute to the best possible quality of life for the patients. The GPs described discordance between the demand from staff for medications and the patients' actual need of care. GPs found their work with NH enjoyable. Even though the patients at the NH often suffered from multiple illnesses, which could lead to difficult decisions being made, the doctors felt confident in their role by having a holistic view of the patient in tandem with reliable support from the nurse at the NH. Working with NH patients was considered important and meaningful, with the GPs striving for the patient's well-being with special consideration to the continuum of ageing. A continuous and well-functioning relationship between the GP and the nurse was crucial for the patients´ well-being.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 46 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 6 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 5 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 5 11%
Student > Bachelor 5 11%
Student > Master 4 9%
Other 11 24%
Unknown 10 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 10 22%
Medicine and Dentistry 8 17%
Nursing and Health Professions 6 13%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 3 7%
Business, Management and Accounting 3 7%
Other 7 15%
Unknown 9 20%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 4. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 20 September 2015.
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#6,424,790
of 22,826,360 outputs
Outputs from BMC Family Practice
#704
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#76,281
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Outputs of similar age from BMC Family Practice
#22
of 47 outputs
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