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Moving From Knowledge to Action in Partnership: A Case Study on Program Adaptation to Support Optimal Aging in the Context of Migration

Journal article
Authors Emmelie Barenfeld
Lars Wallin
Elisabeth Björk Brämberg
Published in Journal of Applied Gerontology
Volume 38
Issue 8
Pages 1096-1120
ISSN 0733-4648
Publication year 2019
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Health and Rehabilitation
Centre for Ageing and Health (Agecap)
Pages 1096-1120
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1177/0733464817727110
Keywords researcher–community partnership, older adults, health promotion, implementation, emigrants and immigrants
Subject categories Health Sciences

Abstract

This case study explored how a researcher–community partnership contributed to program adaptations when implementing person-centered group-based health promotion services to older people who have migrated to Sweden. The study was conducted over 3 years and various data sources were used: focus groups, individual interviews, documents, and archive material. Findings from different data sources and partners’ perspectives were triangulated to an overall case description using an iterative process. Adaptations were shaped through a dynamic process, negotiating toward suitable solutions that culminated in actions taken to adapt or inhibit adaptations. The negotiations were driven by the interplay within and between three reasons to adapt. The partners’ opportunities to influence the negotiation process depended on establishing common ground to shape adaptations. Practical implications are provided on how to move from knowledge to action when implementing person-centered group-based health promotion to support optimal aging in the context of migration.

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