Date of Award
Master of Science
Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Dr. Carol McWilliam
Dr. Catherine Ward-Griffin
Dr. Anita Kothari
While research suggests that partnering with care providers enhances seniors’
independence and health, little is known about how seniors actually experience partnering/non-partnering with in-home care providers. Phenomenology was used to explore eight seniors’ experiences of partnering/non-partnering with in-home care providers in the promotion of their health. Interpretive analysis of audiotapes of in-depth interviews revealed three themes which together captured seniors’ holistic experience of partnering/non partnering: (1) the psycho-social-cultural contextual attributes of partnering/non-partnering; (2) the process o f enacting partnering/non-partnering; and (3) the subjective experience o f partnering/non-partnering. Findings revealed partnering to constitute relational health promotion, and non-partnering, the traditional expert approach o f care. Insights into social and practice norms and attitudes as impediments to partnering, and desire for involvement, interdependence and relationship-building as
facilitators o f partnering, may enhance health promotion practice. These insights suggest the merit of evolving health promotion agendas beyond behavioural approaches to embrace partnering, thus relational health promotion, to optimize health as a resource for everyday living.
Fluit, Meghan Elan, "AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF SENIORS’ EXPERIENCES OF PARTNERING/NON-PARTNERING WITH IN-HOME CARE PROVIDERS IN THE PROMOTION OF THEIR HEALTH" (2009). Digitized Theses. 3780.