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Exploring the influence of Internet-based caregiver support on experiences of isolation for older spouse caregivers in rural areas: a qualitative interview study
Avdelningen för omvårdnad, Mittuniversitetet, Sundsvall.ORCID-id: 0000-0003-1428-1950
Avdelningen för omvårdnad, Mittuniversitetet, Sundsvall.ORCID-id: 0000-0001-7959-606X
Avdelningen för omvårdnad, Mittuniversitetet, Sundsvall.ORCID-id: 0000-0002-3907-2197
2015 (Engelska)Ingår i: International Journal of Older People Nursing, ISSN 1748-3735, E-ISSN 1748-3743, Vol. 10, nr 3, s. 211-220Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: Many older spouse caregivers are tied to the home by their caring duties and feel isolated. The values of supporting older caregivers are well known. In rural areas with long distances and decline in essential services, attending caregiver support groups can be difficult. Using Internet-based services can provide an opportunity for rural caregivers to participate in caregiver support, regardless of geographical distances and without the need for physical presence.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to explore how Internet-based caregiver support may influence the experience of isolation among older spouse caregivers in rural areas.

DESIGN: An intervention study where 63 older rural caregivers received an Internet-based caregiver support service.

METHOD: A qualitative interview study based on 31 interviews with open-ended questions, analysed using latent content analysis.

FINDINGS: Two themes represent the findings from the study: Expanding the concept of place and Developing networks. Even though participants still spent their days in the house, they experienced that daily life was being spent in a variety of places, both physically, virtually and emotionally. The Internet-based support service provided them with a tool to reconnect with family and develop new friends.

CONCLUSIONS: Internet-based caregiver support may reduce the experience of isolation for spouse caregivers in rural areas. Nurses played a crucial part in the development, by encouraging, educating and inspiring caregivers and supporting their independence.

IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: Internet-based services ought to be an option for caregiver support in rural areas as it may reduce feelings of isolation for older spouse caregivers.

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2015. Vol. 10, nr 3, s. 211-220
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Caregiver support, Internet, Isolation, Older people, Place, Rural nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-28949DOI: 10.1111/opn.12074ISI: 000359834100007PubMedID: 25425070Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84939493092OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-28949DiVA, id: diva2:1276126
Tillgänglig från: 2014-11-27 Skapad: 2019-01-07Bibliografiskt granskad

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