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

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Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Community Nursing
Early online date30 Nov 2017
StatePublished - 2 Dec 2017


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.

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