The recognition and use of patient expertise on a unit for older people

Sylvia Cavanagh, Angela Millar, Ella McLafferty

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    There is growing recognition in health care of the expertise patients bring to the management of their own illness or condition. But some patient groups, including older people, may need encouragement to see their own coping strategies as expertise, and nurses have an important role to play in ensuring that patients' experiences are acknowledged and made central to the care offered. This article describes a study of patients' and professionals' views of patient expertise. It concludes that although disruption can occur when older people are admitted to hospital, this can be minimised if they are perceived as experts in their own condition and information supplied to them is based upon such acknowledgement.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)31-36
    Number of pages6
    JournalNursing Older People
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


    • Adaptation, Psychological
    • Aged
    • Attitude of Health Personnel
    • Chronic Disease
    • Cooperative Behavior
    • Cost of Illness
    • Decision Making
    • Geriatric Assessment
    • Geriatric Nursing
    • Grief
    • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
    • Hospital Units
    • Humans
    • Negotiating
    • Nurse's Role
    • Nurse-Patient Relations
    • Nursing Assessment
    • Nursing Methodology Research
    • Patient Care Planning
    • Patient Participation
    • Qualitative Research
    • Scotland
    • Self Care
    • Self Concept
    • Social Support


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