Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences

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Edited By: Åshild Slettebø and Lennart Fredriksson

Impact Factor: 1.197

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 35/108 (Nursing (Social Science))

Online ISSN: 1471-6712

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Manifestation of respect in the care of older patients in long-term care settings
Jaana Koskenniemi, Helena Leino-Kilpi and Riitta Suhonen

In this article the authors focus on an ethical concept of respect in the care of older patients in long-term care settings. Respect is found to be fundamental for ethical nursing practice. In spite of this the concept is seldom investigated as a clinical concept. It is of special interest to learn how the concept is experienced from the angle of patients and relatives. The aim in the present study was to describe the manifestation of respect in the care of older patients in inductive content analysis, and to produce a typology. The participants were patients receiving help from professional home carers in their own homes and patients from nursing homes in three cities in Finland. Twenty older patients and twenty relatives were recruited, half from home settings and the other from nursing home settings. The typology consists of nurses’ attitudes and actions during patient care manifesting respect in three ways: ‘I’m here for you’, ‘I’m here for work’ and ‘I’m not here for you’. The patient’s responses were ‘sharing’, ‘exploring’ and ‘withdrawing’ dependent on the respect typologies. We as editors recommend this study as it focuses on an important concept for ethical nursing care and for caring science. As the authors suggest in their conclusion, the results may make it possible to measure respect when evaluating good care for older persons.

Åshild Slettebø, Editor in Chief, SJCS

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