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Viewing oneself as a capable person - experiences of professionals working with older Finnish immigrants

Journal article
Authors Lea Annikki Arola
Lena Mårtensson
Greta Häggblom Kronlöf
Published in Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
Volume 31
Issue 4
Pages 759-767
ISSN 0283-9318
Publication year 2017
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Health and Rehabilitation
University of Gothenburg Centre for person-centred care (GPCC)
Centre for Ageing and Health (Agecap)
Pages 759-767
Language en
Keywords Health promotion, Immigrants, Old age, Person-centred care, Professional views
Subject categories Occupational Therapy, Health Sciences


© 2016 Nordic College of Caring Science.The proportion of older immigrants in the population is expected to increase in Sweden. Research indicates that older immigrants face the double burden of frailty, caused by a weaker health status, and the immigration process. Health promotion interventions can be used to prevent frailty and support healthy ageing in this population. Healthcare professionals are a crucial part of health promotion and the present study aimed to explore healthcare professionals' experiences of health in context of daily life among older immigrants to and provide a basis for the development of a health promotion intervention targeted at older immigrants. Four focus group discussions were conducted with professionals who worked with home-dwelling older people from Finland, currently living in Sweden. Participants represented a variety of healthcare professions. Data were analysed using qualitative content analysis. The healthcare professionals perceived that health in daily life was (i) connected to the view of oneself as a capable person and (ii) participants strove to maintain their own origin. The findings highlighted that when planning for health promotion interventions for older immigrants, the point of departure should be to recognise the person as a person and the background of immigration is not the first issue to address. Therefore, a person-centred health promotion intervention is recommended to open a dialogue between healthcare professionals and older immigrants, so that a common view of the intervention can be reached.

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