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Supporting older people with multimorbidity: The care burden of home health-care assistants in Ireland

Smith, Suzanne, Murphy, Emma, Hannigan, Caoimhe, Dinsmore, John and Doyle, Julie (2019) Supporting older people with multimorbidity: The care burden of home health-care assistants in Ireland. Home Health Care Services Quarterly, 28 (3). pp. 241-255. ISSN 1545-0856

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01621424.2019.1614506

Abstract

The treatment burden inherent in self-managing multiple chronic conditions (multimorbidity) is recognized, but there has been little examination of the care burden experienced by paid home health-care assistants (HCAs) who support older people with multimorbidity. Focus groups were conducted with HCAs in Ireland and data were coded using a thematic analysis approach. Care burden of HCAs was linked with lack of knowledge and information, poor communication, insufficient time and resources, gaps in medication support and work-related stress. Strategies are required to reduce the care burden of HCAs, who are essential stakeholders supporting growing numbers of older people with multimorbidity.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Non Profit Organisations. Voluntary Sector. > Carers
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > Welfare of older people
Divisions: School of Business > Staff Research and Publications
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Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2019 09:57
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2019 09:57
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/3817

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