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Community nurses’ experiences regarding the meaning and promotion of healthy aging in northeastern Thailand
Mälardalen University ; Boromarajonani College of Nursing Udon Thani, Thailand.
Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences. Halmstad University ; VID Specialized University, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0017-5188
Mälardalen University.
2017 (English)In: Journal of Holistic Nursing, ISSN 0898-0101, E-ISSN 1552-5724Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Purpose: Describe community nurses’ experiences regarding the meaning and promotion of healthy aging in northeastern Thailand.

Method: Data were collected through five focus group interviews with 36 community nurses in northeastern Thailand. Latent content analysis was conducted to analyze the data.

Findings: Healthy aging was characterized by the interconnection of older persons, older persons’ family members and the community. Healthy aging was associated with two themes: “being strong” and “being a supporter and feeling supported”. The nurses’ experiences in promoting healthy aging were described using the themes “providing health assessment”, “sharing knowledge” and “having limited resources”.

Conclusions: The findings of this study provide a deeper understanding of the meaning of healthy aging from a holistic viewpoint. Community nurses must pay attention to older persons and their surroundings when planning how to promote healthy aging. Person-centredness should be applied in practice to promote healthy aging. The current findings contribute useful information that should help policy makers develop healthy aging strategies in Thailand.

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Sage Publications, 2017.
Keyword [en]
Healthy aging, Health promotion, Holistic care, Personcentredness, Qualitative research, Thai nurses
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Gerontology, specializing in Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject
Health and Caring Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-59051DOI: 10.1177/0898010116688126OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-59051DiVA: diva2:1057284
Available from: 2016-12-16 Created: 2016-12-16 Last updated: 2017-02-06

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