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Koivula, Riitta and Tigerstedt, Christoffer and Vilkko, Anni and Kuussaari, Kristiina and Pajala, Satu . (2016) How does older people’s drinking appear in the daily work of home care professionals? De Gruyter. Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 33 (5-6) 537-50.

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AIMS - In this article the authors ask how the alcohol use of elderly home care clients affects the daily work of home care professionals and how the professionals act to support the drinking client.

METHODS - Semi-structured interviews with 10 home care professionals were conducted from December 2014 to February 2015 in the Helsinki metropolitan area of Finland. Everyday situations during home visits related to the clients’ alcohol use were analysed according to modalities of agency of the home care professionals.

RESULTS - The results focus on three themes raised in the interviews: supporting life management of the client, the lack of qualifications in tackling clients’ drinking and the need for multi-professional collaboration. Intoxicated clients complicated the home care nurses’ work and obstructed the implementation of recommendations set out to guide the professionals’ operations. Care work with alcohol-using clients was particularly demanding, and the professionals were concerned about not having enough training in how to encounter elderly clients’ drinking. Multi-professional collaboration with substance abuse services and emergency department personnel was called for to remedy this problem.

CONCLUSIONS - More extensive and detailed research is needed for a better picture of how clients’ drinking influences home care nurses’ working conditions and what kind of skills nurses need in different alcohol-related situations. Such research would have the potential to benefit clients and improve the well-being of the employees.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD disorder harm reduction
Date:December 2016
Pages:537-50
Publisher:De Gruyter
Volume:33
Number:5-6
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Effects and consequences
B Substances > Alcohol
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use > Alcohol intoxication
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Patient care management
L Social psychology and related concepts > Interpersonal interaction and group dynamics > Social support
T Demographic characteristics > Elderly / Older person
T Demographic characteristics > Substance or health care worker
T Demographic characteristics > Nurse
VA Geographic area > Europe > Finland

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