International Journal of Medical Research & Health Sciences (IJMRHS)
ISSN: 2319-5886 Indexed in: ESCI (Thomson Reuters)

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Anybody Hear Us? Attempting to Meet the Psychological Care Needs of Older People: an Ethnographic Approach

Author(s):Seyed Zia Tabatabaei, Fatemeh Ebrahimi, Reza Rahimi\ and Haliza Mohd Riji

Older people who live in residential settings need some psychological support because of vicissitudes of life they faced with. The aim of this study is to explore psychological care needs of older people in a residential home. We used an ethnographic approach from May 2011 till January 2012. Through purposeful sampling, 14 knowledgeable participants were selected. Data were gathered from participant observations, in-depth interviews, review of related documents and field notes. Thematic analysis revealed three key themes including: (a) Feelings of sadness (b) Emotional desires and (c) Choice and control. Findings of current study provided rich and useful information that is useful in charting new guideline for policy makers and care providers in order to support elderly residents' psychological care needs.

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