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Follow-up visits to older patients after a hospital stay: nurses' perspectives.
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - undergraduate level.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1981-455X
Capio Läkarhus Almö, Myggenäs, Sweden.
2019 (English)In: British Journal of Community Nursing, ISSN 1462-4753, E-ISSN 2052-2215, Vol. 24, no 2, p. 80-86Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Older patients with multimorbidity and extensive healthcare needs are at risk of frequent readmission to hospital after discharge. With a Swedish report entitled 'Follow-up 48-72' as its basis, the present study aimed to describe nurses' experiences of follow-up visits to older patients with multimorbidity 48 to 72 hours after discharge from hospital. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 10 nurses experienced with such home visits to older patients, and the material was analysed by qualitative content analysis. The results indicate that such visits by nurses can relieve patient anxiety, as patients are often unsure of the next steps, in terms of medication and care. According to the nurses, these visits created trust in the nurse-patient relationship and ensured patient safety. Follow-up visits soon after discharge from hospital should become a part of routine nursing, especially for older people with multimorbidity.

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London: Mark Allen Group , 2019. Vol. 24, no 2, p. 80-86
Keywords [en]
Follow-up visits, Multimorbidity, Nursing, Re-hospitalisation, Supervision
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Nursing
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NURSING AND PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE, Nursing science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-13473DOI: 10.12968/bjcn.2019.24.2.80PubMedID: 30698480Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85060792504OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-13473DiVA, id: diva2:1285469
Available from: 2019-02-04 Created: 2019-02-04 Last updated: 2019-02-14Bibliographically approved

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