Challenges of training older adults in a home health care context

Sara E. McBride, Jenay M. Beer, Tracy L. Mitzner, Jennifer M. Springman, Wendy A. Rogers

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Abstract

The health care domain is experiencing a shift from traditional hospital-based care to care delivered in a patient's home setting. Although home health care provides many benefits, it creates new challenges and difficulties for professional caregivers (e.g., registered nurses) who are performing complex medical tasks without the support often present in a health care environment. In addition to performing these tasks themselves, registered nurses are also responsible for training patients to perform many of these tasks, which may include using medical devices and managing complex medication regimens. The purpose of this research was to identify and systematically categorize the issues facing registered nurses (RNs) when training older adult patients. Eight RNs participated in individual structured interviews wherein they were asked to describe the difficulties and frustrations associated with training older adult patients to use medical devices and manage medication independently. The data were categorized as patient-related, RN-related, or situation-related issues. The results highlight the complexity of training device use and medication management, as well as the needs of RNs for forms of additional support in training older adult patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 56th Annual Meeting, HFES 2012
Pages2492-2496
Number of pages5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 56th Annual Meeting, HFES 2012 - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Oct 22 2012Oct 26 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
ISSN (Print)1071-1813

Other

OtherProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 56th Annual Meeting, HFES 2012
CountryUnited States
CityBoston, MA
Period10/22/1210/26/12

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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McBride, S. E., Beer, J. M., Mitzner, T. L., Springman, J. M., & Rogers, W. A. (2012). Challenges of training older adults in a home health care context. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 56th Annual Meeting, HFES 2012 (pp. 2492-2496). (Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society). https://doi.org/10.1177/1071181312561507