Title

Thematic analysis of the experience of making a decision to place a family member with Alzheimer's disease in a special care unit

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

12-1-2001

NLM Title Abbreviation

Res Nurs Health

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Research in nursing & health

PubMed ID

11746076

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to provide an in-depth description of the experience of making the decision to place a family member in a special care unit among a diverse sample of family caregivers. To achieve purposive maximum variation of the sample, the sample of 30 family caregivers was chosen from an original study of 256 family caregivers. The sample was randomly stratified according to ethnicity, gender, and relationship to the care receiver. Three independent researchers used Luborsky's method of thematic analysis to analyze the interviews. After mutual consensus, 1565 themes (descriptive statements) were identified and synthesized into 21 topics. The topics were then synthesized into four patterns describing the decision-making experience: moving toward the unavoidable decision, struggling with the decision, seeking reassurance, and remaining connected.

Keywords

Adult, Aged, Alzheimer Disease/psychology/rehabilitation, Caregivers/psychology, Decision Making, Female, Health Services for the Aged, Hospital Units, Humans, Interviews as Topic, Long-Term Care, Male, Middle Aged, Midwestern United States, Nursing Homes, Outcome Assessment (Health Care)

Published Article/Book Citation

Research in nursing & health, 24:6 (2001) pp.470-480.

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/704