The patient perspective in a Danish community acute team

Student thesis: Master Thesis and HD Thesis

  • Irdi Akselsdottir Dalsgaard
4. term, Public Health, Master (Master Programme)
Title: The patient perspective in a Danish community acute team.

Background: patients achieve better quality in treatment, increased complience, increased quality of life, patient safety and better use of resources, when they are involved treatment and care. As well as providing health professional with a holistic perspective on the patient and his next of kin, in a systematic perspective as thought to be a part of a larger context.
The health professionals should also show sensitivity to the patient's perspective on illness, illness and health, and to adapt the healthcare services to their needs and preferences in the context in which the patient is located. To prevent hospitalization. Thesis is based on the elderly patient in the 65+ years with one or more chronic diseases.

Thesis statement: How do the elderly aged 65+ experience one or more chronic diseases in the municipal acute team, to be involved in the monitoring and treatment of their own disease? And how can the health professionals in a change of perspective, contribute to an inclusive approach to patients in the community acute team?

Method: The framework for the thesis is based on the "Medical Research Councils" elements for developing and evaluating complex interventions. In addition, a literature study and a qualitative case study have been conducted in a medium-sized municipality in Jutland.

Results: Patients do not experience being involved in the treatment and monitoring of their disease. Patient involvement is complex as the elderly do not respond or question the practice. It was important for the elderly experience of security that there was consistency between the health professionals' communication. That the elderly can not know the difference between the staff who come into their homes apart.

Conclusions: Health professionals need to get competencies that increase patient involvement in practice. In the form of a mandatory course in patient involvement. In addition, the course will address topics such as communication, including how the health professionals can structure and deliver information as well as perspective the information. One way the health professionals can work with involvement in practice is making role playing with Wenger's theory “Communities of Practice” (Wenger, 2004).
Publication date7 Jun 2018
Number of pages81
ID: 280511856