Maintaining Dignity in Later Life: A Longitudinal Qualitative Study of Older People's Experiences of Supportive Care

The aim of this study was to examine preparations for the end of life made by older people with supportive care needs and the factors that support or undermine a sense of dignity. Thirty-four participants in Bristol and Nottingham were recruited via GPs and day centres. All had health problems that required support and care to varying degrees, including family care and support, medical treatment, community nursing, home care services and moves to care homes. They were interviewed face-to-face on four occasions (on average) between June 2008 and January 2011 and contacted by telephone between interviews. Face-to-face interviews were recorded and transcribed verbatim. At the end of the study, participants attended a social event at which emerging results were presented and discussed.

Creator(s) Liz Lloyd
Funder Economic and Social Research Council
Publisher UK Data Service
DOI 10.5255/UKDA-SN-851919
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