Demonstration of the usefulness of a theoretical framework for humanising care with reference to a residential aged care service in Australia

Borbasi, Sally, Galvin, Kathleen T., Adams, Trevor, Todres, Les and Farrelly, Brona (2013) Demonstration of the usefulness of a theoretical framework for humanising care with reference to a residential aged care service in Australia. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22 5-6: 881-889. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2702.2012.04256.x


Author Borbasi, Sally
Galvin, Kathleen T.
Adams, Trevor
Todres, Les
Farrelly, Brona
Title Demonstration of the usefulness of a theoretical framework for humanising care with reference to a residential aged care service in Australia
Journal name Journal of Clinical Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0962-1067
1365-2702
Publication date 2013-03-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2012.04256.x
Volume 22
Issue 5-6
Start page 881
End page 889
Total pages 9
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Aims and objectives. To demonstrate the usefulness of a theoretical framework for humanising care of dementia patients.
Background. The term humanisation of care has been increasingly used to describe an approach to health care that is informed by core dimensions of what it means to be human. Recent developments in dementia care highlight the importance of maintaining personhood in people with dementia.
Design. A conceptual framework is proposed by which the humanisation of care can be understood and applied. Eight dimensions that articulate core features of what needs to be attended to in order for a person to feel more deeply ‘met’ as a human being are discussed. Evidence from an evaluative study of a dementia outreach service is used to illustrate the usefulness of the humanising framework.
Methods. Case study examples demonstrate the value of this framework by describing how a dementia outreach service enables care staff in residential aged care facilities to change their focus in the provision of care to residents with dementia. Each of the eight dimensions of humanisation/dehumanisation is used to illustrate how the dementia outreach service team have led to the improvements in resident care.
Results. Positive outcomes can be achieved by providing humanised care to residents with dementia.
Conclusion. The paper highlights the potential for the humanising framework to be used in dementia care and shows how the framework can be helpfully translated into practice so that carers are supported to adopt an inclusive view of care delivery.
Relevance to clinical practice. A comprehensive framework, grounded in a strong philosophical foundation, can name a breadth of criteria for humanly sensitive care and can be translated into practice in such a way as to potentially transform the provision of care to residents in residential aged care facilities.
Keyword Dementia
humanising framework
Residential aged care
Dementia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 22 October 2012

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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