Doctoral student in Nursing Science and Research Fellow.
Resident–caregiver relationships and thriving among nursing home residents†
Version of Record online: 14 SEP 2005
Copyright © 2005 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 28, Issue 5, pages 365–375, October 2005
How to Cite
Bergland, Å. and Kirkevold, M. (2005), Resident–caregiver relationships and thriving among nursing home residents. Res. Nurs. Health, 28: 365–375. doi: 10.1002/nur.20097
We thank Margaret Forbes for linguistic revision of the text. We also wish to express our thanks to the anonymous reviewers for constructive comments and suggestions to earlier drafts of the article.
- Issue online: 14 SEP 2005
- Version of Record online: 14 SEP 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 JUN 2005
- The Teaching Nursing Home project, Oslo County
- nursing homes;
- nurse–patient relationships;
- nurse–patient interactions;
The purpose of this study was to describe nursing home residents' experiences and perceptions of relationships with caregivers and to explore their importance to thriving. Data were collected through field observations and open-ended interviews with 26 residents. Receiving appropriate care from kind caregivers made life easier for all residents but contributed to thriving only for some. One group of residents emphasized personal relationships to individual caregivers as essential to thriving. A second group reported that non-personal relationships contributed to thriving. A third group preferred distant relationships to the caregivers but reported thriving as well. Personal relationships to individual caregivers were not essential to thriving for all residents. © 2005 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 28: 365–375, 2005.