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A person-centred approach to health promotion for persons 70+ who have migrated to Sweden: promoting aging migrants´ capabilities implementation and RCT study protocol

Journal article
Authors Susanne Gustafsson
Qarin Lood
Katarina Wilhelmson
Greta Häggblom Kronlöf
Sten Landahl
Synneve Dahlin-Ivanoff
Published in BMC Geriatrics
Volume 15
Issue 10
ISSN 1471-2318
Publication year 2015
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Health and Rehabilitation
University of Gothenburg Centre for person-centred care (GPCC)
Social Medicine unit
Centre for Ageing and Health (Agecap)
Language en
Keywords Aging, Emigrants and immigrants, Health education, Randomised controlled trial, Intervention studies,
Subject categories Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology


Abstract Background: There are inequities in health status associated with ethnicity, which may limit older foreign-born persons’ ability to age optimally. Health promotion for older persons who have experienced migration is thus an area of public health importance. However, since research related to this issue is very limited, the study ‘Promoting Aging Migrants’ Capabilities’ was initiated to improve our understanding. The study aims to implement and evaluate a linguistically adapted, evidence-based, health-promoting intervention with a person-centred approach for two of the largest groups of aging persons who have migrated to Sweden: persons from Finland and persons from the Balkan Peninsula. Methods/Design: This study has a descriptive, analytical, and experimental design. It is both a randomised controlled trial and an implementation study, containing the collection and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data. The setting is an urban district in a medium-sized Swedish city with a high proportion of persons who were born abroad and whose socio-economic status is low. The intervention comprises four group meetings (‘senior meetings’) and one follow-up home visit made by a multi-professional team. For the randomised controlled trial, the plan is to recruit at least 130 community-dwelling persons 70 years or older from the target group. Additional persons from involved organisations will participate in the study of the implementation. Both the intervention effects in the target group (outcome) and the results of the implementation process (output) will be evaluated. Discussion: The results of this forthcoming randomised controlled trial and implementation study may be useful for optimising implementation of person-centred, health-promoting initiatives for older persons who have experienced migration. It is also hoped that this combined study will show that the capabilities for optimal aging among older persons born in Finland and the Balkan countries can be improved in the Swedish healthcare context. Trial registration: The trial was registered at April 10, 2013, identifier: NCT01841853. Keywords: Aging, Emigrants and immigrants, Health education, Randomised controlled trial, Intervention studies, Activities of daily living, Finland, Balkan Peninsula

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