Supporting older adults living with multiple chronic conditions

Susan J. Loeb, Janice Penrod, Sharon Falkenstern, Sarah Hall Gueldner, Leonard W. Poon

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This qualitative study was conducted using focus groups to explore the strategies commonly employed by older adults (N = 37) to manage multiple chronic conditions. Key strategies identified were relating with health care providers, medicating, exercising, changing dietary patterns, seeking information, relying on spirituality and/or religion, and engaging in life. Although social support was not mentioned as a discrete strategy, the participants' social networks were embedded in all of the categories. This study supports building a partnership of care in which nurses and other health care professionals function in supportive and educative roles to enhance the older person's lifelong self-care management and ability to stay in control of multiple chronic health conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8-23
Number of pages16
JournalWestern Journal of Nursing Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Nursing


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