How family support affects physical activity (PA) among middle-aged and elderly people before and after they suffer from chronic diseases
ABSTRACT The more support elderly people have from their family, the less likely they are to suffer from chronic diseases. The objective of this study is to investigate how family support affects the PA middle-aged and elderly people engage in before and after they suffer from chronic diseases. We interviewed 428 middle-aged and elderly people using a structured questionnaire to measure their aerobic PA. Eighteen percent of middle-aged and elderly people did participate in PA after suffering from chronic diseases. Using multivariate logistic regression models, we found that middle-aged and elderly people who rely on family members when they are sick (OR=1.87, 95%CI=1.08-3.25) and who are accompanied by family members (OR=2.09, 95%CI=1.20-3.62) when they are healthy are more likely to exercise. The more middle-aged and elderly people are supported by their family, the more likely they are to exercise. Strengthening family relationships should help reduce the prevalence of chronic diseases among middle-aged and elderly people.
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- "Second, participants in our study did not receive proactive support from their healthcare providers, and reported not being able to establish productive interactions with their healthcare providers. Experiences of poor communication with healthcare providers and a lack of patient involvement in decision making for chronic illness management have also been reported in previous studies in Korea  and Australia . Patients who were failing to manage their chronic illness tended to be less informed, have little interaction with their physician, and be less involved in building a healthy lifestyle, which are all necessary in chronic care management, than were those who successfully managed their chronic illness . "
ABSTRACT: Objectives: Despite the recent emphasis on a patient-centered chronic care model, few studies have investigated its use in older adults in South Korea. We explored how older Korean adults perceive and cope with their chronic illness. Methods: We conducted focus group interviews in Seoul, Korea in January 2010. Focus groups were formed by disease type (hyper- tension and type 2 diabetes) and gender using purposive sampling. Inclusion criteria were patients aged 60 and over who had been diagnosed with diabetes or hypertension and received care at a community health center for at least six months prior to participation. Interview data were analyzed through descriptive content analysis. Results: Among personal factors, most participants felt overwhelmed when they received their diagnosis. However, with time and control of their acute symptoms using medication, their worry diminished and participants tended to denying being identified as a patient or sick person. Among socio-familial factors, participants reported experiencing stigma with their chronic illness and feeling it was a symbol of weakness. Instead of modifying their lifestyles, which might interfere with their social relationships, they resorted to only following their medicine regime prescribed by their doctor. Participants also reported feeling that their doctor only prescribed medications and acted in an authoritative and threatening manner to induce and reinforce participants’ compliance with treatment. Conclusions: For successful patient-centered management of chronic illnesses, supportive environments that include family, friends, and healthcare providers should be established.Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health 07/2014; 47(4):236-43. DOI:10.3961/jpmph.2014.47.4.236
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ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to establish how family members are involved in elder care provision in nursing homes; this included research into their feelings about potentially extending their involvement to obtain financial benefits as compensation for high accommodation costs. Family members remain involved in the caring process after their relatives have been admitted to an institution. On average, accommodation costs in nursing homes in Slovenia have risen above the residents' retirement pension, and families must supplement the difference. Because of this, familial involvement should be linked to reduced accommodation costs. This research employed a non-experimental, descriptive study design through unstructured interviews. Participants included fifty family members (n=50) who visit their relatives in nursing homes. Data were collected in 2010 at five nursing homes in Slovenia and processed by means of conventional content analysis. The major themes that emerged from the content analysis, describing family involvement, were as follows: visiting and making oneself useful, delivery of items for personal use, hands-on care, physical therapy and organization of nursing home activities. Family members showed some interest in receiving financial compensation for their involvement. The proposed financial compensation may be a delicate and morally questionable matter but would involve fairness and transparency, while enabling easier organization of elder care provision. Eventually, nursing home residents' well-being could be improved.Archives of gerontology and geriatrics 01/2013; 56(3). DOI:10.1016/j.archger.2013.01.002 · 1.85 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The aim of the current study was to explore the effect of health‐related behaviours and the support of family members on the clinical symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) patients, and to provide some clues for the symptoms control of BPH. The data were collected in three hospitals in Hubei Province, China, from June to September 2011. The health‐related behaviours included cigarette smoking, alcohol intake, tea and coffee consumption, and drinking water regularly, and the support of family members included the support from spouse, siblings, and offspring in the previous year. The χ 2 test and multivariable logistic regression models were used to assess their effects on the International Prostatic Symptom Score (IPSS). With regard to health‐related behaviours, only coffee consumption (OR = 0·33, 95% CI: 0·11–0·96) and drinking water regularly (OR = 0·44, 95% CI: 0·24–0·81) had significant effects on the IPSS. Although the χ 2 test suggested that support from offspring of patients with BPH was statistically significant, after adjusting for potential confounding variables the association was not statistically significant. Although there were some limitations, the current study provides preliminary clues and evidences for the role of coffee intake and regularly drinking water played in the Chinese men with BPH. More in‐depth research is needed to enhance the role of health‐related behaviours and social factors in the clinical practice of BPH.International Journal of Urological Nursing 03/2013; 7(1). DOI:10.1111/j.1749-771X.2012.01162.x · 0.19 Impact Factor