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The significance of meaningful and enjoyable activities for nursing home resident´s experiences of dignity
University of Agder, Grimstad, Norway.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Health Sciences (from 2013).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9363-5667
Number of Authors: 122016 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 31, no 4, p. 718-726Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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BACKGROUND:Living in a nursing home may be challenging to the residents' experience of dignity. Residents' perception of how their dignity is respected in everyday care is important.AIM:To examine how nursing home residents experience dignity through the provision of activities that foster meaning and joy in their daily life.METHOD:A qualitative design was used and 28 individual semistructured interviews conducted with nursing home residents from six nursing homes in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The data were analysed with qualitative content analysis. Independent ethical committees in all participating countries granted their approval for the study.FINDINGS:The participants highlight two dimensions of the activities that foster experiences of dignity in nursing homes in Scandinavia. These two categories were (i) fostering dignity through meaningful participation and (ii) fostering dignity through experiencing enjoyable individualised activities.CONCLUSION:Activities are important for residents to experience dignity in their daily life in nursing homes. However, it is important to tailor the activities to the individual and to enable the residents to take part actively. Nurses should collect information about the resident's preferences for participation in activities at the nursing home.

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Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc., 2016. Vol. 31, no 4, p. 718-726
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Nursing Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-65390DOI: 10.1111/scs.12386ISI: 000416413000009PubMedID: 27910119OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-65390DiVA, id: diva2:1165606
Available from: 2017-12-13 Created: 2017-12-13 Last updated: 2018-08-20Bibliographically approved

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