Liza Turpin

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing




Dr. Carol McWilliam

Second Advisor

Dr. Cathy Ward-Griffin


The purpose o f this study was to acquire an in-depth understanding o f the meaning o f the

client-nurse relationship for seniors with chronic disease receiving in-home care. In this phenomenological study, eight participants aged 65 to 86 years, were purposefully selected from the SW-CCAC in London, Ontario. Narrative data were collected through audio-taped, in-depth interviews using a semi-structured interview guide. The analysis and interpretation of the interviews revealed that the meaning of the client-nurse relationship for these seniors encompassed two patterns: having comfort and being connected within this relationship. These two patterns of the meaning of the client-nurse relationship were contextualized by being a senior with chronic disease and socially constructed through the relational experience of enacting a positive relationship. Although further research is needed, the insights gained add to what is known about the theory and practice of relational health promotion for seniors living with chronic disease receiving in-home care.



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