A survey of self-neglect in patients living in the community
Version of Record online: 24 DEC 2001
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Volume 8, Issue 1, pages 95–102, January 1999
How to Cite
LAUDER, W. (1999), A survey of self-neglect in patients living in the community. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 8: 95–102. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2702.1999.00231.x
- Issue online: 24 DEC 2001
- Version of Record online: 24 DEC 2001
- self-care agency;
• Self-neglect is a familiar concept to all community nurses. Nevertheless there have been few empirical studies undertaken in this area over the last 30 years.
• The study of self-neglect has been hampered by inadequate conceptualization and a lack of theoretical frameworks.
• This article reports a study of patients who did and did not self-neglect, drawn from district nursing caseloads.
• Patients with self-neglect had lower levels of operable self-care agency than patients in a comparison group.
• Only self-neglecting patients had the nursing diagnoses `ineffective management of therapy' and `non-compliance'.