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Being active after hip fracture; older people's lived experiences of facilitators and barriers

Being active after hip fracture; older people's lived experiences of facilitators and barriers

International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-Being 13(1): 1554024

Hip fracture (HF) incidents can severely restrict the activity and well-being of older people. While participation in activities may be related to lived experiences of meaningfulness, the aim of this study was to explore facilitators and barriers for being active as experienced by older people during the first six months after HF. The study used a phenomenological-hermeneutic methodology informed by the philosophies of Heidegger and Gadamer. Two men and 11 women with reduced functioning prior to the HF were interviewed 2 weeks (n=13) and again 6 months (n=11) after discharge. Referring to own pre-understanding including a theoretical framework of well-being, a method of meaning condensation was applied to structure the data. A deeper understanding was gradually achieved through a movement between the parts and the wholes. Two themes emerged: (1) "Inner dialogue and actions" with the sub-themes "Inner driving forces" and "Inner limitations"; (2) "Struggling and Striving" with the sub-themes "Building relationships" and "Considering complications and conditions". We conclude that facilitators for older people to experience well-being while being active involve meaningful relationships with other people, a sense of own identity and being at peace and may be influenced by relationships with staff, physical surroundings, public health services, and health problems.

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Accession: 066446482

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PMID: 30704373

DOI: 10.1080/17482631.2018.1554024

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