Families and hospitalized elders: A typology of family care actions

Hong Li, Barbara J. Stewart, Margaret A. Imle, Patricia G. Archbold, Linda Felver

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The extensive care provided by families to their elderly relatives in the home is well documented. Although family caregiving is likely to be continued during hospitalization of elderly relatives, limited research has been conducted to address the nature of family care for hospitalized elders. The main purpose of this qualitative study was to refine the content domain of family care for hospitalized elders. Altogether 25 interviews were done. Of the 16 participants, 6 were family members, 6 were patients, and 4 were nurses; 7 participants were interviewed once and 9 participants were interviewed twice. Qualitative analysis based on Lofland and Lofland's (1984, 1995) approach resulted in the identification of three major content domains: family members providing care to the patient, working together with the health care team, and taking care of themselves. This typology suggests a shift of research in this area from its current focus on family needs to a view of family caregivers as partners with the health care team.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-16
Number of pages14
JournalResearch in Nursing and Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2000


  • Elders
  • Family care
  • Hospital care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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