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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

What Will My Illness Be Like a Year from Now?: Future Perspectives of Older Adults with Advanced Illnesses

The last phase of life in patients with end-stage chronic illnesses, such as heart failure (HF) or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), is marked by high symptom burden and an uncertainty about the future. These patients seldom enroll in hospice care for reasons unknown. The aim of this qualitative descriptive study is to describe the perspectives of patients with end-stage HF and COPD receiving home care services about their future health and expectations from providers. Forty semi-structured interviews were completed with 20 participants. Findings describe patientsí future expectations of life with illness. Both themes reflect the ambiguity of still having time, while maintaining hope that they will still be here a year from now, based on previous experiences.

Presenters: Ashley Elmes (Undergraduate Student)
Susan Lowey (Faculty)
Emily Pettys (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Nursing
Location: 30 Hartwell
Time: 1:35 pm (Session III)
Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.