Journal of Gerontological Nursing

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Family Participation in Care Plan Meetings: Promoting a Collaborative Organizational Culture in Nursing Homes

Ate Dijkstra, PhD, MEd, RN

Abstract

In this study, the author evaluated a project in The Netherlands that aimed to promote family members’ participation in care plan meetings at a psychogeriatric nursing home. The small-scale pilot project, which was conducted in four wards of the nursing home, was designed to involve families in health care decisions by allowing family members to participate in care plan meetings. Both qualitative (participant observation and interview) and quantitative (observation matrix and index analysis) approaches were used to evaluate the project. Findings showed family members were involved in approximately half of the interactions, and many of the questions family members asked were not about the illness, but about its effects. This study indicates there is a need for family members to participate in the multidisciplinary care plan meeting.

Abstract

In this study, the author evaluated a project in The Netherlands that aimed to promote family members’ participation in care plan meetings at a psychogeriatric nursing home. The small-scale pilot project, which was conducted in four wards of the nursing home, was designed to involve families in health care decisions by allowing family members to participate in care plan meetings. Both qualitative (participant observation and interview) and quantitative (observation matrix and index analysis) approaches were used to evaluate the project. Findings showed family members were involved in approximately half of the interactions, and many of the questions family members asked were not about the illness, but about its effects. This study indicates there is a need for family members to participate in the multidisciplinary care plan meeting.

Authors

Dr. Dijkstra is Senior Researcher, Northern Centre for Healthcare Research, University of Groningen, and Head of Research Staff, Geriatrics Section, Noorderbreedte, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.

The author discloses that he has no significant financial interests in any product or class of products discussed directly or indirectly in this activity, including research support.

Address correspondence to Ate Dijk­stra, PhD, Med, RN, Noorderbreedte Ouderenzorg, PO Box 888, 8901 BR Leeuwarden, The Netherlands; e-mail: ate.dijkstra@znb.nl.

10.3928/00989134-20070401-04

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