Community nurses’ experiences regarding the meaning and promotion of healthy aging in northeastern Thailand
2017 (English)In: Journal of Holistic Nursing, ISSN 0898-0101, E-ISSN 1552-5724Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2017.
healthy aging, health promotion, holistic care, older people, personcentredness, qualitative research, Thai nurses
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-32726DOI: 10.1177/0898010116688126OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-32726DiVA: diva2:1057300
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.2016-12-162016-12-162017-01-31