Qualitative instruments involving clients as co-researchers to assess and improve the quality of care relationships in long-term care: An evaluation of instruments to enhance client participation in quality research

A. Scheffelaar*, N. Bos, M. Triemstra, M. de Jong, K.G. Luijkx, S. Van Dulmen

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Abstract

Objectives:
Enhancing the active involvement of clients as co-researchers is seen as a promising innovation in quality research. The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility and usability of five qualitative instruments used by co-researchers for assessing the quality of care relationships in long-term care.

Design and setting:
A qualitative evaluation was performed in three care organisations each focused on one of the following three client groups: frail older adults, people with mental health problems and people with intellectual disabilities. A total of 140 respondents participated in this study. The data comprised observations by researchers and experiences from co-researchers, clients and professionals.

Results:
Two instruments scored best on feasibility and usability and can therefore both be used by co-researchers to monitor the quality of care relationships from the client perspective in long-term care.

Conclusions:
The selected instruments let co-researchers interview other clients about their experiences with care relationships. The study findings are useful for long-term care organisations and client councils who are willing to give clients an active role in quality improvement.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere033034
Number of pages14
JournalBMJ Open
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • care relationship
  • long-term care
  • participatory research
  • qualitative research
  • quality in health care

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