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Skantze, C., Almqvist-Tangen, G., Nyholm, M. & Karlsson, S. (2023). Parents’ Experiences of Communication With School Nurses About Their Child's Weight Development in Sweden. Journal of School Nursing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Parents’ Experiences of Communication With School Nurses About Their Child's Weight Development in Sweden
2023 (English)In: Journal of School Nursing, ISSN 1059-8405, E-ISSN 1546-8364Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This study aimed to describe parents’ experiences of communication with school nurses concerning the growth data and weight development of their children aged 8 and 10 years old in Sweden. Eighteen interviews with parents were conducted and analyzed through qualitative content analysis. The result showed a need for improved dialogue where the parents viewed the health visit's purpose as unclear and lacked feedback. The parents desired access to their child's growth data and described the need for an improved channel for receiving information. The parents moreover experienced the lack of a child-centered perspective, described the child's context as not in focus, and desired collaboration around their child. This study shows the need for the development of evidence-based methods for communicating growth data and weight development between School Health Service (SHS) and parents, as well as the need for a reformed SHS perspective towards parents and children. © The Author(s) 2023.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2023
Keywords
children, communication, parents, school nurses, weight development
National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-52382 (URN)10.1177/10598405231221050 (DOI)001129485400001 ()38130128 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85180424280 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Region HallandHalmstad University
Available from: 2024-01-09 Created: 2024-01-09 Last updated: 2024-01-09Bibliographically approved
Norell Pejner, M. & Karlsson, S. (2023). Restoring Balance—A Woman’s Expressions of Lived Experience of Everyday Life During a Period of Aging: A Case Study. Inquiry, 60
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Restoring Balance—A Woman’s Expressions of Lived Experience of Everyday Life During a Period of Aging: A Case Study
2023 (English)In: Inquiry, ISSN 0046-9580, E-ISSN 1945-7243, Vol. 60Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Bereaved older people face stressors from the changes in roles associated with the death of a spouse. To illustrate the lived experience of everyday life during a period of aging after a woman’s loss of her spouse. One woman born in 1918 was followed between 74 and 80 years of age after her husband died. Data consisted of daily diary. The text from the diaries were analyzed with a phenomenological hermeneutical approach. Everyday life after becoming a widow is characterized by balancing between personal resources to manage everyday life and vulnerability. In health and social care, it is important to identify experiences of vulnerability because these are associated with poor health. © The Author(s) 2023.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Rochester, NY: Excellus Health Plan, Inc., 2023
Keywords
aging, case study, everyday life, experience, loss of spouse
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-50414 (URN)10.1177/00469580231167133 (DOI)000968868400001 ()37036069 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85152172507 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2023-05-10 Created: 2023-05-10 Last updated: 2023-05-10Bibliographically approved
Skantze, C., Almqvist-Tangen, G. & Karlsson, S. (2023). School nurses’ experience of communicating growth data and weight development to parents of children 8 and 10 years of age. BMC Public Health, 23(1), Article ID 21.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>School nurses’ experience of communicating growth data and weight development to parents of children 8 and 10 years of age
2023 (English)In: BMC Public Health, E-ISSN 1471-2458, Vol. 23, no 1, article id 21Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introduction: The prevalence of overweight and obesity among children has risen sharply during recent decades. School nurses are key health professionals in interventions targeting the early onset of overweight and obesity during childhood. Understanding how school nurses experience communication with parents concerning their child´s growth and weight development are essential. The aim of the study is to describe school nurses’ experience of communicating growth data and weight development to parents of school children ages 8 and 10 years. Method: The design of the study is a descriptive, qualitative design with purposive and snowball sampling. Sixteen interviews with school nurses were conducted and analysed with qualitative content analysis. Result: The analysis resulted in three main categories including subcategories. In Challenges in the professional role, the school nurses expressed a lack of knowledge, skills and tools in communication, described a perception of parental responsibility and stated using several different approaches in communicating growth data and weight development to parents. In Sustainable communication with parents, the school nurses described the value of creating a dialogue, a supportive approach to the parents, and the building of a relation between them and the parents as essential. In Barriers in communicating the child´s weight, the school nurses described the experience of stigma concerning the subject of overweight and obesity, increased concern when they detected underweight as well as an ambivalence towards measuring weight. Conclusion: The study highlights an educational challenge concerning the need for training, skills, and strategies for communication with parents. A variety of ways in school nurses’ communication with parents were identified in the present study and this shows an inconsistency in how School health services was offered and a need for the development of evidence-based procedures for communicating growth data and weight development to parents. © 2023, The Author(s).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: BioMed Central (BMC), 2023
Keywords
Children, Communication, Growth data, Parents, School nurses, Weight development
National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-49857 (URN)10.1186/s12889-022-14941-9 (DOI)000908842000003 ()36600248 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85145517744 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Region HallandHalmstad University
Available from: 2023-01-27 Created: 2023-01-27 Last updated: 2024-01-23Bibliographically approved
Dinse, D., Haak, M., Nilsson, M., Karlsson, S. & Olsson Möller, U. (2023). The influence of the Covid-19 pandemic on municipal meeting places arranging group exercise for older persons. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 18(1), Article ID 2235130.
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2023 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 18, no 1, article id 2235130Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

PURPOSE: Many municipalities today, together with other stakeholders, offer group exercises for the older population via municipal meeting places, focusing on promoting good health. During the Covid-19 pandemic, these group exercises either continued in a modified form or ceased. The aim of this study was to explore involved stakeholders' experiences of group exercises for older persons arranged via municipal meeting places during the Covid-19 pandemic. METHODS: Six online focus group interviews were conducted with 25 stakeholders, such as decision-makers and representatives from the non-profit sector, from seven municipalities in Sweden. Data were analysed using thematic analysis. FINDINGS: The collaboration around the group exercises was challenged due to affected communication and decision-making. The stakeholders described the importance of adapting and finding new ways to offer group exercise. Furthermore, the re-arranging of group exercises created concerns about the well-being of the older persons but also happiness with the older persons ability to act for their own well-being during the pandemic. CONCLUSIONS: This study highlights the importance of the municipalities exchanging experiences, making the older persons more involved in the decision-making process, enabling a person-centred encounter with the older persons when exercising in groups, and strengthening supportive environments by sharing the ownership of arranging the group exercises with the older persons.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon: Taylor & Francis, 2023
Keywords
Aged, Covid-19, health promotion, meeting places, municipal government, person-centredness, physical activity, stakeholder participation
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-51378 (URN)10.1080/17482631.2023.2235130 (DOI)001039079000001 ()37499132 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85165876317 (Scopus ID)
Note

Funding: Kristianstad University supported the study.

Available from: 2023-08-14 Created: 2023-08-14 Last updated: 2023-08-14Bibliographically approved
Hjort-Telhede, E., Arvidsson, S. & Karlsson, S. (2022). Nursing staff’s experiences of how weighted blankets influence resident’s in nursing homes expressions of health. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 17(1), Article ID 2009203.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nursing staff’s experiences of how weighted blankets influence resident’s in nursing homes expressions of health
2022 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 17, no 1, article id 2009203Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The most common treatment for resident’s health problems is pharmacological. Little research has been done on how an intervention with a non-pharmacological method, such as a weighted blanket, Through the nursing staff view, we can learn how weighted blankets influence resident’s health in nursing homes. The aim of this study was to explore nursing staff’s experiences of how an intervention with weighted blankets influenced resident’s expressions of health.

Methods

The study had a descriptive qualitative design with semi-structured interviews with 20 nursing staff working in nursing homes, and an inductive content analysis was applied.

Results

The nursing staff expressed that the weighted blanket positively influenced resident’s health in the areas of sleep, physical activity, and psychological behaviour. The weighted blanket made them fall asleep faster, sleep was uninterrupted andthey felt more rested in the morning. The nursing staff observed an increased level of activity as the resident became more energetic . The nursing staff also experienced reduced negative psychological behaviours like anxiety and worrying.

Conclusion

This study indicated that the weighted blanket changed the health expression of resident in several crucial areas. Deep pressure treatment indicates an alternative health-improved treatment for resident in nursing homes. © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon: Taylor & Francis, 2022
Keywords
Experiences, health problem, non-pharmacological intervention, nursing home, nursing staff, older person, sleep problems, sleep-promoting, weighted blanket
National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-46516 (URN)10.1080/17482631.2021.2009203 (DOI)000729997800001 ()34904541 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85121288591 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research
Note

Funding: The Mondian AB, Halmstad University och SSF.

Available from: 2022-03-24 Created: 2022-03-24 Last updated: 2023-01-13Bibliographically approved
Hjort-Telhede, E., Arvidsson, S., Karlsson, S. & Ivarsson, A. (2022). Weighted Blankets’ Effect on the Health of Older People Living in Nursing Homes. Geriatrics, 7(4), Article ID 79.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Weighted Blankets’ Effect on the Health of Older People Living in Nursing Homes
2022 (English)In: Geriatrics, E-ISSN 2308-3417, Vol. 7, no 4, article id 79Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: An increasingly aging population is a global phenomenon. While considered a positive step forward, vulnerability to age-related health problems increases along with the ageing population. The aim of the study was to investigate weighted blankets’ effect on health regarding quality of life (QoL), sleep, nutrition, cognition, activities of daily living ADL and medication in older people living in nursing homes. Methods: In total, 110 older people were involved in an intervention with weighted blankets, and 68 older people completed the intervention. Measures before and after were performed regarding quality of life; QoL-AD, EQ-VAS, sleep; MISS, nutrition; MNA, cognition; S -MMSE (ADL) and medication. Comparative statistical analyses were applied. Results: After intervention with weighted blankets, health in general, such as QoL, improved. Sleep also improved significantly, especially with respect to waking up during the night. Nutrition was enhanced, health as a cognitive ability improved, and medication in the psychoanaleptic group decreased. The effect size varied between small and large. Conclusions: A weighted blanket seems to be an effective and safe intervention for older people in nursing homes, as several improvements were made regarding the health of older people. © 2022 by the authors.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Basel: MDPI, 2022
Keywords
health, nursing home, older people, weighted blanket
National Category
Geriatrics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-47990 (URN)10.3390/geriatrics7040079 (DOI)000847200100001 ()36005255 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85136799592 (Scopus ID)
Note

Funding: Halmstad University 70% and Mondian AB 30%

Available from: 2022-08-31 Created: 2022-08-31 Last updated: 2022-09-19Bibliographically approved
Gyrling, T., Ljunggren, M. & Karlsson, S. (2021). The impact of dance activities on the health of persons with Parkinson’s disease in Sweden. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 16(1), Article ID 1992842.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The impact of dance activities on the health of persons with Parkinson’s disease in Sweden
2021 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 16, no 1, article id 1992842Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: Parkinson’s disease (PD) is associated with motor and non-motor symptoms that negatively influence the person’s quality of life. To reduce illness and increase quality of life, alternative treatments of PD such as dance might be experienced as beneficial. The aim of this study was to explore experiences of how a dance program in Sweden influences perceived physical, social, and emotional wellbeing in persons with PD. Method: A qualitative method with semi-structured interviews and content analysis was used, and 10 participants with variations in age, gender, and how long they had been diagnosed with the disease were interviewed. Results: The results showed that dancing was experienced as improving health, which implied feeling both calmed and excited, getting better sleep, and being able to move with more focus and freedom. The dance program was experienced as a social context through the importance of community, feelings of togetherness, and being able to compare oneself with others. Experiences of self-support included experiencing increased self-esteem and joy, but also a sense of being confirmed and having structure, which gave meaning to everyday life. Conclusions: To reduce illness and increase quality of life in persons with PD, it is important to investigate alternative treatment methods, and this study shows the importance of participating in a dance program in Sweden for the life situation and health of people with PD. © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxfordshire: Taylor & Francis, 2021
Keywords
Dance, health, parkinson’s disease, qualitative study
National Category
Neurology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-45990 (URN)10.1080/17482631.2021.1992842 (DOI)000710716400001 ()34694957 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85118201117 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2021-12-08 Created: 2021-12-08 Last updated: 2022-01-31Bibliographically approved
Lethin, C., Leino-Kilpi, H., Bleijlevens, M. H., Stephan, A., Soto Martin, M., Nilsson, K., . . . Karlsson, S. (2020). Predicting caregiver burden in informal caregivers caring for persons with dementia living at home – A follow-up cohort study. Dementia, 9(3), 640-660
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Predicting caregiver burden in informal caregivers caring for persons with dementia living at home – A follow-up cohort study
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2020 (English)In: Dementia, ISSN 1471-3012, E-ISSN 1741-2684, Vol. 9, no 3, p. 640-660Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Longitudinal studies of caregiver burden when caring for persons with dementia living at home are sparse. The aim of the study was to identify factors associated with caregiver burden and predicting increased burden related to caregivers, persons with dementia and formal care. Data were collected through interviews with 1223 caregivers in eight European countries. Bivariate and multivariate regression analyses were performed. Factors associated with caregiver burden included extensive informal care provision, decreased well-being and reduced quality of life for the caregiver and reduced cognition, decreased quality of life, severe neuropsychiatric symptoms and depression in the person with dementia and caregivers’ negative experience of quality of care. Factors predicting an increased burden were diminished caregiver well-being, severe neuropsychiatric symptoms of the person with dementia and caregivers’ negative perception of quality of care. The knowledge gained in this study may be useful in developing more adequate service systems and interventions to improve dementia care. © 2018, The Author(s) 2018.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Sage Publications, 2020
Keywords
caregiver burden, care provision, dementia, home care, quality of care
National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-36715 (URN)10.1177/1471301218782502 (DOI)000523858400008 ()29929383 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85048872839 (Scopus ID)
Projects
RightTimePlaceCare
Funder
EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, 242153
Available from: 2018-05-03 Created: 2018-05-03 Last updated: 2021-10-21Bibliographically approved
Cuesta, M., Millberg German, L., Karlsson, S. & Arvidsson, S. (2020). Welfare technology, ethics and well-being: a qualitative study about the implementation of welfare technology within areas of social services in a Swedish municipality. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 15(sup1), Article ID 1835138.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Welfare technology, ethics and well-being: a qualitative study about the implementation of welfare technology within areas of social services in a Swedish municipality
2020 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 15, no sup1, article id 1835138Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: Digitalization and e-health have potential to generate good quality, equal health, well-being and to develop and strengthen individuals’ resources with the goal of increased independence and participation in society. The implementation of welfare technology requires knowledge of digitalization, as well as an awareness of its meaning in terms of ethical principles and ethical analysis. The purpose of this study was to describe ethical analysis concerning the implementation of welfare technology, in terms of both strategies and tools, within areas of social services in a Swedish municipality.

Method: We followed a working model that focused on increased knowledge and experience in the implementation of welfare technology from an ethical perspective. In the data collection were observations, a questionnaire with open-ended questions and focus group discussions used.

Results: The analysis showed that when welfare technology was introduced and implemented within the area of social services in a municipality, ethical awareness resulting from the conflicts between various interests and values had to be addressed.

Conclusions: The ethical analysis improved implementation of strategies and tools in terms of facts and values, and invisible underlying values to the concept of well-being. © 2020 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon: Taylor & Francis, 2020
Keywords
Ethical analysis, health spaces, welfare technology, well-being, working model
National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-41125 (URN)10.1080/17482631.2020.1835138 (DOI)000588361500005 ()33103633 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85094644984 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-12-05 Created: 2019-12-05 Last updated: 2021-10-25Bibliographically approved
Ziegert, K., Karlsson, S., Kristén, L. & Ivarsson, A. (2019). Dancing Together for Social Sustainability from a Life Course Perspective - Integrating Children and Senior Citizens in Action Research Project. In: : . Paper presented at IAGG-ER 2019, International Association of Gerontology, Gothenburg, Sweden, 23rd - 25th May, 2019.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Dancing Together for Social Sustainability from a Life Course Perspective - Integrating Children and Senior Citizens in Action Research Project
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This project has its starting-point in dance project with children and senior citizens. Children and senior citizen have their own health challenges. The Swedish culture does not encourage intergenerational activities in organizations and communities. Intergenerational contacts are in many terms referred to within families, except certain environments such as the educational institutions. Especially, the intergenerational contacts between children and senior citizens are neglected as an important factor in promoting knowledge and health in society. It does not need to be questioned, that both knowledge and health contributes to the sustainability in society. If individuals from different generations have the opportunity to exercise physical activities together, it is likely that it generates positive values for social sustainability. Social constructivism combined with a life course perspective is the fundamental theoretical standpoint for this project.  We will explain the complex matter of how theses processes of “constructed realities” are accomplish before approaching the central ideas of social constructivism in relation to our project.

The overall aim was to understand the knowledge of the social value of intergenerational physical activities, and how different age groups communicate their experiences in a life course perspective. There were many things we could learn in a life course perspective through activities among children and senior citizens, and how we could make use of this knowledge for implementations for social sustainability in general. This study included a three-stage process qualitative data from 48 stakeholders describing in individuals diaries about daily exercise, collected during one and a half year, with focus groups interviews with 24 children and 24 senior citizens. The third stage dancing activities was conducted, and follow up interviews with both participants. The thematic analysis was used emerge the results. We found a common joy for both children and senior citizens when performing the physical activities. Women believed physical activities improved their inclusion and social networks. The men found that the physical activities improved their wellbeing and health.

National Category
Other Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-39502 (URN)
Conference
IAGG-ER 2019, International Association of Gerontology, Gothenburg, Sweden, 23rd - 25th May, 2019
Available from: 2019-05-28 Created: 2019-05-28 Last updated: 2020-01-09Bibliographically approved
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-6624-9963

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