Health care transitions for persons living with dementia and their caregivers

Jessica Ashbourne, Veronique Boscart, Samantha Meyer, Catherine E. Tong, Paul Stolee
2021 BMC Geriatrics  
Background Persons with dementia are likely to require care from various health care providers in multiple care settings, necessitating navigation through an often-fragmented care system. This study aimed to create a better understanding of care transition experiences from the perspectives of persons living with dementia and their caregivers in Ontario, Canada, through the development of a theoretical framework. Methods Constructivist grounded theory guided the study. Seventeen individual
more » ... ver interviews, and 12 dyad interviews including persons with dementia and their caregivers, were recorded and transcribed verbatim. The data were coded using NVivo 10 software; analysis occurred iteratively until saturation was reached. Results A theoretical framework outlining the context, processes, and influencing factors of care transitions was developed and refined. Gaining an in-depth understanding of the complex care transitions of individuals with dementia and their caregivers is an important step in improving the quality of care and life for this population. Conclusion The framework developed in this study provides a focal point for efforts to improve the health care transitions of persons living with dementia.
doi:10.1186/s12877-021-02235-5 pmid:33926380 fatcat:d243ynevejcppghsamdz6nd6qe