Family members of older persons with multi-morbidity and their experiences of case managers in Sweden: an interpretive phenomenological approach

Markus Hjelm, Ann-Charlotte Holmgren, Ania Willman, Doris Bohman, Göran Holst

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Abstract

Background: Family members of older persons (75+) with multi-morbidity are likely to benefit from utilising case management services performed by case managers. However, research has not yet explored their experiences of case managers. Objectives: The aim of the study was to deepen the understanding of the importance of case managers to family members of older persons (75+) with multi-morbidity. Design: The study design was based on an interpretive phenomenological approach. Method: Data were collected through individual interviews with 16 family members in Sweden. The interviews were analysed by means of an interpretive phenomenological approach. Results: The findings revealed one overarching theme: "Helps to fulfil my unmet needs", based on three sub-themes: (1) " Helps me feel secure - Experiencing a trusting relationship", (2) " Confirms and strengthens me - Challenging my sense of being alone" and (3) " Being my personal guide - Increasing my competence". Conclusion and discussion: The findings indicate that case managers were able to fulfil unmet needs of family members. The latter recognised the importance of case managers providing them with professional services tailored to their individual needs. The findings can contribute to the improvement of case management models not only for older persons but also for their family members.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Integrated Care
Volume15
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Subject classification (UKÄ)

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

Keywords

  • case management
  • integrated care
  • family members
  • interpretive
  • phenomenology
  • multi-morbidity
  • older persons

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