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Quality dementia care: Prerequisites and relational ethics among multicultural healthcare providers.
Nurs Ethics. 2019 Mar; 26(2):504-514.NE

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Many nursing homes appear as multicultural workplaces where the majority of healthcare providers have an ethnic minority background. This environment creates challenges linked to communication, interaction and cultural differences. Furthermore, the healthcare providers have varied experiences and understanding of what quality care of patients with dementia involves.

PURPOSE:

The aim of this study is to illuminate multi-ethnic healthcare providers' lived experiences of their own working relationship, and its importance to quality care for people with dementia.

RESEARCH DESIGN:

The study is part of a greater participatory action research project: 'Hospice values in the care for persons with dementia'. The data material consists of extensive notes from seminars, project meetings and dialogue-based teaching. The text material was subjected to phenomenological-hermeneutical interpretation.

PARTICIPANTS AND RESEARCH CONTEXT:

Participants in the project were healthcare providers working in a nursing home unit. The participants came from 15 different countries, had different formal qualifications, varied backgrounds and ethnic origins.

ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS:

The study is approved by the Norwegian Regional Ethics Committee and the Norwegian Social Science Data Services.

FINDINGS:

The results show that good working relationships, characterized by understanding each other's vulnerability and willingness to learn from each other through shared experiences, are prerequisites for quality care. The healthcare providers further described ethical challenges as uncertainty and different understandings.

DISCUSSION:

The results are discussed in the light of Lögstrup's relational philosophy of ethics and the concepts of vulnerability, ethic responsibility, trust and openness of speech.

CONCLUSION:

The prerequisite for quality care for persons with dementia in a multicultural working environment is to create arenas for open discussions between the healthcare providers. Leadership is of great importance.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Lovisenberg Diaconal University College, Norway.Oslo and Akershus University College, Norway.No affiliation info availableLovisenberg Diaconal University College, Norway.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

28635570

Citation

Sellevold, Gerd Sylvi, et al. "Quality Dementia Care: Prerequisites and Relational Ethics Among Multicultural Healthcare Providers." Nursing Ethics, vol. 26, no. 2, 2019, pp. 504-514.
Sellevold GS, Egede-Nissen V, Jakobsen R, et al. Quality dementia care: Prerequisites and relational ethics among multicultural healthcare providers. Nurs Ethics. 2019;26(2):504-514.
Sellevold, G. S., Egede-Nissen, V., Jakobsen, R., & Sørlie, V. (2019). Quality dementia care: Prerequisites and relational ethics among multicultural healthcare providers. Nursing Ethics, 26(2), 504-514. https://doi.org/10.1177/0969733017712080
Sellevold GS, et al. Quality Dementia Care: Prerequisites and Relational Ethics Among Multicultural Healthcare Providers. Nurs Ethics. 2019;26(2):504-514. PubMed PMID: 28635570.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Quality dementia care: Prerequisites and relational ethics among multicultural healthcare providers. AU - Sellevold,Gerd Sylvi, AU - Egede-Nissen,Veslemøy, AU - Jakobsen,Rita, AU - Sørlie,Venke, Y1 - 2017/06/21/ PY - 2017/6/22/pubmed PY - 2019/5/22/medline PY - 2017/6/22/entrez KW - Lived experience KW - multicultural healthcare providers KW - phenomenological-hermeneutical method KW - prerequisites KW - quality dementia care KW - relational ethics SP - 504 EP - 514 JF - Nursing ethics JO - Nurs Ethics VL - 26 IS - 2 N2 - BACKGROUND:: Many nursing homes appear as multicultural workplaces where the majority of healthcare providers have an ethnic minority background. This environment creates challenges linked to communication, interaction and cultural differences. Furthermore, the healthcare providers have varied experiences and understanding of what quality care of patients with dementia involves. PURPOSE:: The aim of this study is to illuminate multi-ethnic healthcare providers' lived experiences of their own working relationship, and its importance to quality care for people with dementia. RESEARCH DESIGN:: The study is part of a greater participatory action research project: 'Hospice values in the care for persons with dementia'. The data material consists of extensive notes from seminars, project meetings and dialogue-based teaching. The text material was subjected to phenomenological-hermeneutical interpretation. PARTICIPANTS AND RESEARCH CONTEXT:: Participants in the project were healthcare providers working in a nursing home unit. The participants came from 15 different countries, had different formal qualifications, varied backgrounds and ethnic origins. ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS:: The study is approved by the Norwegian Regional Ethics Committee and the Norwegian Social Science Data Services. FINDINGS:: The results show that good working relationships, characterized by understanding each other's vulnerability and willingness to learn from each other through shared experiences, are prerequisites for quality care. The healthcare providers further described ethical challenges as uncertainty and different understandings. DISCUSSION:: The results are discussed in the light of Lögstrup's relational philosophy of ethics and the concepts of vulnerability, ethic responsibility, trust and openness of speech. CONCLUSION:: The prerequisite for quality care for persons with dementia in a multicultural working environment is to create arenas for open discussions between the healthcare providers. Leadership is of great importance. SN - 1477-0989 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/28635570/Quality_dementia_care:_Prerequisites_and_relational_ethics_among_multicultural_healthcare_providers_ L2 - https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0969733017712080?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -