A concept analysis of health communication in a home environment: Perspectives of older persons and their informal caregivers

Erik Piculell, Lisa Skär, Johan Sanmartin Berglund, Peter Anderberg, Doris Bohman

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BACKGROUND: Health communication (HC) is a vast research field focusing on changing health behaviours, and rapidly evolving technology is creating different ways and possibilities to reach target groups and audiences. In the context of home care, a deeper understanding of HC is lacking, specifically for older persons with care needs and their informal caregivers. The aim of this concept analysis is to identify and construct the meaning of HC from the perspective of older persons in need of care in the home environment and their informal caregivers.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study utilised Rogers' (2000) Evolutionary Concept Analysis Method (EMCA) to create and construct a meaning of the concept of HC. The EMCA was based on a systematic literature review of scientific articles, using CINAHL, Pubmed and Inspec (2000-2017). A total of 29 articles were retrieved and analysed.

RESULTS: The identified attributes of the concept were as follows: resources of the recipient, influence on decisions and advantages of tailored information. HC was described as both contributing to knowledge as well as being overwhelming where habits and resources influenced the use of information. The attributes led to the following descriptive definition of HC: 'Tailored HC, based on needs and resources of the recipient influence care decisions'. The home environment influenced HC by habits and interactions between older persons and their informal caregivers.

CONCLUSIONS: The home environment influenced HC in terms of social aspects of interactions and habits and between the older person and the informal caregiver. Tailored information with the use of technology contributed to knowledge in care of older persons and their informal caregivers. HC was shown to contribute to improve care for older people in their home environment.

OriginalspråkEngelska
Sidor (från-till)1006-1024
Antal sidor19
TidskriftScandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
Volym35
Nummer3
DOI
StatusPublicerad - 2021-sep.
Externt publiceradJa

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