Experience of emotion in frail older people towards the end of life: a secondary data analysis

Caitlin Findlay, Anna Lloyd, Anne Finucane

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People are living longer, but with increased age comes greater frailty and multi-morbidity. This secondary data analysis examines transcripts from interviews with 11 frail older people and 6 informal carers to explore emotion in relation to frailty and deteriorating health. Anger and frustration were frequently experienced with declining functional ability; sadness occurred with social isolation, loss of autonomy and independence; anxiety was evident when transition to a care home was discussed; and contentment was described when connecting with others. Reluctant acceptance emerged as a coping strategy. Insights gained from analysing emotion may inform communications training courses for community nurses, though further research is required.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Community Nursing
Early online date30 Nov 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2017

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