Exploring reach and experiences of participation in health-promoting senior meetings in a municipality context

Eva Britt Norberg, Elisabeth Biberg, Magnus Zingmark

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Abstract

Aim: To explore reach and experiences of participants during implementation of health-promoting meetings of seniors in a Swedish municipality context. Subjects and methods: A mixed-methods approach was used, including older people who were recruited consecutively and invited to participate as they applied for health care and/or home help services in the municipality. Inclusion criterion was allocation of “early” home-care services, e.g., meals on wheels, safety alarms. Health-care services were limited to persons applying for an outside walker. The intervention was multi-professional, e.g., occupational therapy and physiotherapy. Each session included a mix of short lectures and group discussions about, for example, the importance of engagement in meaningful activity, social contacts, and physical activity. Recruitment procedures were modified during the trial in order to enhance reach. The data collection included information on the flow of participants during recruitment and participation in the intervention, field notes covering the experience of implementing the intervention, a survey covering adherence to recruitment procedures, and qualitative interviews exploring the experience of participants. Results: Senior meetings were experienced as positive and strengthened the participants in dealing with health-related concerns. The identification of potential participants and recruitment were challenging, but as recruitment procedures were modified, a higher proportion of potential participants were reached. In all, there were 29 participants over the study period. Conclusion: For health-promoting meetings to enable community-dwelling older people to fulfill their potential by positively affecting health outcomes, recruitment procedures for optimizing reach is a critical feature.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Public Health (Germany)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec
Externally publishedYes

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy

Free keywords

  • Feasibility
  • Healthy ageing
  • Implementation
  • Prevention
  • Recruitment

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