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Health-promotion in the context of ageing and migration: A call for person-centred integrated practice

Journal article
Authors Qarin Lood
Synneve Dahlin-Ivanoff
Liselott (Lisen) Dellenborg
Lena Mårtensson
Published in International journal of integrated care
Volume 14
Pages e004
ISSN 1568-4156
Publication year 2014
Published at University of Gothenburg Centre for person-centred care (GPCC)
Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation
Institute of Health and Care Sciences
Centre for Ageing and Health (Agecap)
Pages e004
Language en
Keywords immigration and migration, qualitative research, implementation, integrated care, person-centered care
Subject categories Public health science


Objective For the aim of improving the implementation of a health-promoting intervention for older persons who are born abroad, this study aimed to explore health care professionals' experiences of facilitators and barriers for their possibilities to support a healthy ageing in the context of migration. Methods Qualitative data were collected from four focus groups with health professionals who all had experience of working with older persons who are born abroad. Data were analysed with the guidance from the method developed by Krueger and Casey, progressing from an empirical to an abstract level. Results Five different conditions were found to influence supporting healthy ageing in the context of migration: Sense of belonging through significant others, Emotional bonds to a place called home, Expectations on health and support during the ageing process, Mutual understanding as a means for communication and Heterogeneity as a point of departure. The one comprehensive theme complexity describes how those aspects are interrelated in a complex and unpredictable way. Conclusions The results point at the need for focusing on each person's experiences and health expectations, and the study provides a foundation for future research on the integration of whole-system and person-centred practice.

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