Four focus group interviews were held with nurses, recruited from eight wards of two general hospitals, to explore nurses' perceptions of self-management and self-management support of older patients during hospitalization. A thematic analyze of the interview transcripts was conducted. Regarding nurses understanding of self-management two perceptions emerged namely 'being self-reliant' and 'being in control'. In terms of their understanding self-management support three perceptions emerged: encouraging patients to perform activities of daily living (ADL); stimulating patient participation; and increasing patients' awareness. We also found seven themes relating to nurses' beliefs regarding older patients' self-management and self-management support during hospitalization. Results indicate that nurses have a limited understanding of self-management and do not fully understand what is expected from them with regards to inpatients' self-management. It is feasible to argue that addressing nurses' beliefs can influence nurses intention and behavior regarding supporting older inpatients' self-management.
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 2020|