Research Article: Participation of patients with chronic illness in nursing care: An Iranian perspective
Article first published online: 15 JUL 2010
© 2010 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
Nursing & Health Sciences
Volume 12, Issue 3, pages 345–351, September 2010
How to Cite
Soleimani, M., Rafii, F. and Seyedfatemi, N. (2010), Research Article: Participation of patients with chronic illness in nursing care: An Iranian perspective. Nursing & Health Sciences, 12: 345–351. doi: 10.1111/j.1442-2018.2010.00536.x
- Issue published online: 20 AUG 2010
- Article first published online: 15 JUL 2010
- Received 29 January 2010; accepted 14 June 2010.
- chronic illness;
- grounded theory;
- nursing care;
- patient participation
The increasing number of chronically ill people has served as an impetus for the promotion of patient participation in nursing care. However, little is known about patient participation in Iran. The aim of this study was to identify the factors that are relevant to patient participation and the nature of that participation, as experienced by chronically ill patients and registered nurses in Iran. Grounded theory was used as the method. Twenty-two participants were recruited by using purposeful and theoretical sampling. The data were generated by semistructured interviews and participant observations. Constant comparison was used for the data analysis. This study indicated that participation is an interactive process between nurses, patients, and family members in the caregiving context. Participation occurred when the caring agents worked together. The core category of “convergence of the caring agents” emerged. The subcategories emerged as the levels of participation and included “adhering”, “involving”, “sharing”, and “true participation”. The factors related to the caring agents and caregiving context could be considered as predictors of the level of participation when caring for these patients.