Give older persons a voice in the society: By using information compiled during preventive home visits on a societal level

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Preventive home visits (PHVs) are offered to older persons with the purpose of promoting health and preventing risks on an individual level. However, aspects of health need to be considered on a societal level as well. This study aims to get a deeper understanding of perceptions of the usability of the information compiled during the PHVs to promote health, among older persons, on a societal level. Three online focus groups were conducted with heads of unit of PHVs, heads of department, and politicians responsible for health and welfare in seven municipalities in Sweden (n = 12). The findings were visualised in the core category Enable an inclusive society and the interrelated categories Monitoring determinants of health and Enabling exchange of information. The information from the PHVs could be used to monitor determinants of health by identifying assets, challenges, shifts, trends, and future needs in the society. Moreover, exchange of information from the PHVs could occur within and outside the health and welfare organisation. However, the potential use was affected by hindrances illustrated in the category Obstacles to interpreting and communicating the information. To conclude, using the information from the PHVs could possibly contribute to an inclusive society, where persons not usually represented in decision making are given a voice. 

Original languageEnglish
Article number7433
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Social Work (50402)
  • Nursing (30305)


  • aged
  • communication
  • decision makers
  • determinants of health
  • health promotion
  • inclusive society
  • monitoring
  • older people
  • old age policy
  • participation in society
  • Humans
  • Sweden
  • Health Promotion
  • House Calls
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Aged


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