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What do orthopaedic nurses think about frailty? A qualitative analysis

Published:September 01, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colegn.2022.08.004

      ABSTRACT

      Background

      Frailty is a complex geriatric syndrome. Frail people frequently experience orthopaedic problems such as falls and fractures. Therefore, orthopaedic nurses often care for frail elderly patients.

      Aim

      To provide deep insight into the orthopaedic nurses’ perspectives regarding frailty.

      Method

      Data were collected using semi-structured interviews with 18 orthopaedic nurses in one institution in this descriptive qualitative study. The interviews were transcribed and analysed using the MAXQDA software.

      Findings

      Two main themes and six subthemes were identified. The main themes were: (i) conceptualisation of frailty and (ii) how to cope with frailty. The findings explicated nurses' awareness and perceptions about the frailty concept.

      Discussion

      Orthopaedic nurses heard the concept of frailty for the first time during this study. Understanding more about the perspectives of acute care providers such as orthopaedic nurses can help to guide care planning, improve care of frail people, and make better health care outcomes.

      Conclusion

      Knowing more about the perspectives of orthopaedic nurses can help identify frailty and activate multidisciplinary care. Educating nurses about frailty may promote caring strategies for frail people with complex care needs.

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