Nursing Case Studies on Improving Health-Related Quality of Life in Older Adults

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Nursing Case Studies on Improving Health-Related Quality of Life in Older Adults

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Author: Meredith Wallace Kazer PhD, APRN, A/GNP-BC, FAAN, Kathy Murphy PhD, MSc, BA, RGN, RNT, Dip Nur, Dip Nur Ed


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Features evidence-based, practical, and effective strategies for creating and maintaining optimal quality of life for older adults

This globally focused resource integrates sound research evidence, real-life case scenarios, and effective, practical strategies to address a key health care initiative of the 21st century: optimal quality of life for older adults. Distinguished by its broad outlook, the book includes contributions from an international cadre of widely published scholars and is designed for easy integration into traditional nursing education curricula. The book explores the experiences of older adults at home, in assisted living, and in nursing home environments, examining their complex and wide-ranging health, spiritual, and emotional needs.

The book is organized into two sections that address quality of life issues. Section I broadly addresses quality of life issues across the full range of care environments, while Section II addresses some of the more specific issues and health conditions that have an impact on the quality of life of older adults. A detailed and multidimensional case study opens each chapter, including subjective and objective data focusing on the quality-of-life domain being addressed. Articulation and definition of each quality-of-life issue are presented along with information on the incidence and prevalence of the problem. Several cases addressing issues older adults encounter in preventing and managing acute and chronic disease serve as a clinical resource guide, with an emphasis on clinical reasoning. Each chapter features a comprehensive, synthesized literature review, delivering the best evidence in the field and offering effective strategies for managing care issues. Generalist and advanced practice nursing roles in promoting quality of life, along with relevant cultural considerations, are covered in detail. Each chapter concludes with tips and strategies for the promotion of quality of life among older adults, accompanied by a list of critical thinking questions. Content is organized to be compatible with the Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner Certification Test Plan.

Key Features:

  • Addresses key quality-of-life education and practice initiatives advanced by leading gerontology organizations worldwide
  • Includes detailed, multifaceted case studies reflecting extensive, current evidence-based literature
  • Describes practical, cost-effective strategies aimed at maintaining health
  • Disseminates the universally applicable perspectives of international scholars of global aging
  • Provides content compatible with the Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner Certification Test Plan
  • Product Details 

    • Publication Date April 13, 2015
    • Page Count 462
    • Product Form Paperback / softback
    • ISBN 13 9780826127037
    • EISBN 9780826127044

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    Meredith Wallace Kazer, PhD, APRN, AGPCNP-BC, FAAN, completed her BSN degree magna cum laude at Boston University. Following this, she earned an MSN in medical–surgical nursing with a specialty in geriatrics from Yale University and a PhD in nursing research and theory development at New York University. During her time at NYU, she was awarded a predoctoral fellowship at the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing. In this capacity, she became the original author and editor of the series Try This: Best Practices in Geriatric Nursing. She was the managing editor and research brief editor for the Journal of Applied Nursing Research. Dr. Kazer is an award-winning researcher and an adult and gerontological primary care nurse practitioner. She currently maintains a practice in Connecticut with a focus on chronic illness in older adults, clinical experience that informs her scholarly work. Her work has been disseminated in 10 books, over 70 peer-reviewed journal publications, 26 book chapters, and over 100 research and invited presentations. She is the recipient of the Connecticut Nurse Association Virginia Henderson Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing Research, the Springer Publishing Company Award for Applied Nursing Research, and four American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Awards. In addition, she is the recipient of the Eastern Nursing Research Society/John A. Hartford Foundation Junior Investigator Award, and in 2011 she was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Nursing, an appointment reserved for nurse leaders at the forefront of the profession nationwide.

    Kathy Murphy, PhD, MSc, BA, RGN, RNT, Dip Nur, Dip Nur Ed, is a registered general nurse and has held clinical manager posts in older people’s services and emergency department nursing. For the past 20 years, she has worked in nursing education, first at Oxford Brookes University, UK, and then at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and is currently a professor of nursing at NUI, Galway. Her research interests are in quality of life of older people, dementia, and chronic disease management, and she has been involved in a number of national research studies, all utilizing mixed methods.





    Section I: Foundations of Quality in Older Adult Care

    Kathy Murphy

    1. Quality of Life

    Kathy Murphy and Meredith Wallace Kazer

    2. Person-Centered Care

    Ann Coyle

    3. Autonomy

    Claire Welford and Catherine Sweeney

    4. Real Choice

    Kathy Murphy

    5. Independence

    Kathy Murphy

    6. Dignity

    Cynthia S. Jacelon

    7. Risk Engagement

    Kathy L. Rush and Mary Kjorven

    8. Sexuality

    Meredith Wallace Kazer

    Section II: Care Delivery That Enhances Quality of Life

    Meredith Wallace Kazer

    9. Therapeutic Activity

    Ann Coyle

    10. Animal-Assisted Care

    Theresa Tavella Quell

    11. Purposeful Activity

    Glenda Cook and Juliana Thompson

    12. Self-Expression

    Anna Ramió Jofre and Laura Martínez Rodríguez

    13. Keeping Me

    Adeline Cooney and Eamon O’Shea

    14. Social Isolation

    Kathleen Lovanio and Kathleen O’Neil-Meyers

    15. Stigma

    Rosemary Ford, Jenneke Footit, Min-Lin Wu, Mary Courtney, David Jackson, and Colleen Doyle

    16. Staff Education and Patterns to Promote Quality of Life

    Alison Kris

    17. Physician–Nurse Communication

    Toyoaki Yamauchi and Stephanie B. Mostone

    18. Elder Mistreatment

    Claire O’Tuathail

    19. Connected Environments for Healthy Aging

    Helen Bartlett and Matthew Carroll

    20. Positive Relationships in Residential Dementia Care

    Andrew Hunter

    21. Fostering Resident-to-Resident Relationships

    Mary Gannon

    22. Promoting Family Connections

    Assumpta Ryan

    23. Family Caregiver Support

    Colleen Doyle, Cecily Hunter, and Vanessa M. White

    Section III: Assessing and Managing Common Clinical Challenges

    Meredith Wallace Kazer

    24. Physical Activity for People With Dementia

    Dympna Casey and Catherine Houghton

    25. Knowing Me

    Adeline Cooney and Eamon O’Shea

    26. Quality of Life for Persons With Dementia Living in the Community

    John Keady and Simon Burrow

    27. Medication Use and Overuse

    Diana R. Mager

    28. Continence Care

    Teresa Moore and Marcella Kelly

    29. Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

    Dympna Casey and Kathy Murphy

    30. Promoting Mental Health of Older People

    Jean M. O’Connor and Christine Cauffield

    31. Cardiovascular Health Promotion

    Kimberly O. Lacey and Bernadette Madara

    32. Prostate Cancer

    Meredith Wallace Kazer

    33. Preventing Type 2 Diabetes

    Dympna Casey and Pauline Meskell

    34. A Restful Sleep

    Kathleen Lovanio

    35. Dying Well

    Alison E. Kris