The story as a quality instrument: Developing an instrument for quality improvement based on narratives of older adults receiving long-term care

A. Scheffelaar*, M. Janssen, K. G. Luijkx

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Abstract

The individual experiences of older adults in long-term care are broadly recognized as an important source of information for measuring wellbeing and quality of care. Narrative research is a special type of qualitative research to elicit people’s individual, diverse experiences in the context of their lifeworld. Narratives are potentially useful for long-term care improvement as they can provide a rich description of an older adult’s life from their own point of view, including the provided care. Little is known about how narratives can best be collected and used to stimulate learning and quality improvement in long-term care for older adults. The current study takes a theoretical approach to developing a narrative quality instrument for care practice in order to discover the experiences of older adults receiving long-term care. The new narrative quality instrument is based on the available literature describing narrative research methodology. The instrument is deemed promising for practice, as it allows care professionals to collect narratives among older adults in a thorough manner for team reflection in order to improve the quality of care. In the future, the feasibility and usability of the instrument will have to be empirically tested.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2773
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Client perspective
  • Insider-researcher
  • Long-term care
  • Narrative research
  • Nursing home care
  • Older adults
  • Person-centered care
  • Quality improvement
  • Quality of care

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