Family Health Conversations have positive outcomes on families: A mixed method study
(English)Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Background: A Family Systems Nursing intervention, “Family Health Conversations” (FamHC) was conducted in order to strengthen the health of families having relatives at residential home for older people. Having a family member living in a residential home affects the entire family and can be hard to handle. Family members require encouraging and open communication support from nurse during and after relocation to a residential home.
Objectives: The aims of this study were to evaluate the responses to and effects of the Family Health Conversations in families with a member living at a residential home for older people and to integrate the empirical results with a theoretical assumption upon which the intervention was based.
Methods: A mixed method research design was used. The Swedish Health-Related Quality of Life Survey and the Family Hardiness Index were administered before and 6 months after the intervention. Qualitative data was collected by semi-structured interviews with each family 6 months post-intervention. The sample included families of residents, a total of 10 families comprising 22 family members.
Result: Main finding was that FamHCs helped family members process their feelings about having a member living at a residential home and made it easier for them to deal with their own situations. FamHCs helped to ease their consciences, improve their emotional well-being, and change their beliefs about their own insufficiency and guilt. Seeing problems from a different perspective facilitated the families’ thinking in a new way.
Conclusion: These findings showed that FamHC can be an important type of intervention to improve family functioning and enhance the emotional well-being.
Family Hardiness Index, Family Health Conversation, Family Systems Nursing, Intervention, Mixed method design, Older people, Transition, Quality of Life
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-119756OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-119756DiVA: diva2:923425