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The Older Adults Lived Healthcare Experience
AdvisorDeBoor, Stephanie S
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It is estimated that by 2020 there will be 55 million adults age 65 or older in the United States. This growing and important segment of the population is living longer, dealing with more chronic health conditions, seeking more medical services, and paying more for those services than any other age group. This group also experiences ageism which can directly impact those health care services. Research has been conducted evaluating the older person's experiences with specific disease states (i.e. cancer, hypertension, diabetes), specific patient settings (i.e. inpatient, skilled nursing facilities), and even specific providers (i.e. physicians, PAs, NPs). However, there is paucity in the literature regarding the older person's general lived experience with health care services. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to determine the meaning and significance of the lived experience of the older person receiving health care services. The aim of this study was to explore, describe, interpret and gain a deeper understanding of that lived health care experience, which will contribute to the science of nursing and medicine. This study was guided utilizing van Manen's six activities of qualitative inquiry. Participants were recruited through purposeful sampling until data saturation occurred. Semi-structured, face-to-face, audio recorded, interviews were conducted. Colaizzi's 7-step approach was implemented for data analysis. Knowledge acquired from this study may be utilized to provide a more holistic approach to patient care for older adults by all health care providers.