Background: Worry and anxiety are common symptoms in people with cognitive disorders as a result of having difficulty coping with different feelings. Worry and anxiety are distressing conditions and affect well-being. Those who care for people with cognitive disorders are mainly nursing staff. Aim: The purpose of the study was to describe the nursing staff's experiences of paying attention to and alleviating anxiety of older people with cognitive illness in dementia. Method: A qualitative study was used to answer the study's purpose. Ten nursing staff at two dementia residences in southern Sweden who had underwent training in person-centered care for the elderly and people with cognitive illness kept diary notes for fourteen days where they freely noted events in which they identified concerns and how they alleviated them. Data was content analysed. Meaning-bearing units were identified, condensed and formed subcategories, which were sorted into categories. Outcome: The nursing staff draws attention to worry and anxiety through physical and by adjusting in the environment. Discussion: When the nursing staff uses their skills, a person-centered approach and are engaged in their work they often succeed in alleviating the worry of people with cognitive illness. Conclusion: The nursing staff's ability to relieve anxiety was successful and it seems that the nursing staff benefited from the training they had received in person-centered care for the elderly and people with cognitive illness. Future research in this field could be to examine how the nurse work in teams to distinguish between bodily and emotional expressions of anxiety and pain.
|Date of Award||2020-Jan-22|
|Supervisor||Ingela Beck (Supervisor) & Kerstin Blomqvist (Examiner)|
- Graduate Programme in specialist nursing - elderly care
- 15 HE credits
Swedish Standard Keywords
- Nursing (30305)