Home care providers' perceptions of shared decision-making with older clients (and their caregivers): A cross-sectional study

Date

2022-04-22

Authors

Lai, Claudia
Holyoke, Paul
Plourde, Karine V.
Yeung, Lily
Légaré, France

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Publisher

Nursing & Health Sciences

Abstract

Interprofessional care teams can play a key role in supporting older adults (and caregivers) in making informed health decisions, yet shared decision making is not widely practiced in home care. Based on an earlier needs assessment with older adults (and caregivers) with home care experience, we aimed to explore the perceptions of home care teams on the decisions facing their clients and their perceived involvement in shared decision making. A cross-sectional study was conducted with 614 home care providers (nurses, personal support workers, rehabilitation professionals) in three Canadian provinces (Quebec, Ontario, and Alberta). Home care providers considered the decision “to stay at home or move” as the most difficult for older adults. Those most frequently involved in decision making with older adults were family members and least involved were physicians. Although all home care providers reported high levels of shared decision-making, we detected an effect of respondent's discipline on self-perceived shared decision-making; nurses and rehabilitation professionals reported significantly higher levels of shared decision making than personal support workers. A more tailored approach is required to support shared decision making in interprofessional care teams.

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Keywords

aged, aged, 80 and over, allied health personnel, decision making shared, home care services, participatory research, personal support workers

Citation

Lai, C., Holyoke, P., Plourde, K. V., Yeung, L., & Légaré, F. (2022). Home care providers' perceptions of shared decision-making with older clients (and their caregivers): A cross-sectional study. Nursing & Health Sciences, 24(2), 487– 498. https://doi.org/10.1111/nhs.12946