Working from a strengths perspective: An evidence-based omaha system care plan for older adults with chronic health condions
Monday, November 4, 2013
: 5:30 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.
Background: A strengths-based approach recognizes and values positive aspects of a patient/family's experience, resources and support systems. A strengths approach supports self-management of complex chronic health conditions using past, successful strategies and resources. Informatics provides a systematic language using standardized terminologies to support a strengths-based practice. In a previous study of older adults with six or more chronic health conditions, subjects had an average of 7.2 strengths (range 4 to12). Methods are needed to promote a strengths-based approach to the provision of nursing care. The purpose of this validation study was to develop and validate a strengths-based care plan for community-dwelling older adults using a standardized terminology. Methods: This validation study used clinical expert consensus to evaluate the validity of a standardized strengths-based care plan. A computer-mediated Delphi methodology was used. A panel of experts in the Omaha System participated. The care plan was developed using the Omaha System and consisted of interventions addressing concepts in the psychosocial and health-related behaviors domains from a strengths perspective. Results: Preliminary results show expert agreement regarding 80% of interventions in the strengths-based care plan. The final results will be available in summer 2013. Conclusions: Strengths can be classified and quantified using the Omaha System. Interventions can be planned and directed by patient strengths. The Omaha System strengths-based care plan supports a strengths-based approach to self-management of chronic health conditions.
Chronic disease management and prevention
Communication and informatics
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related nursing
Describe the use of a strengths-based perspective for planning care of adults with chronic health conditions using a standardized terminology.
Keyword(s): Chronic Illness, Health Information Systems
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have used the Omaha System in practice and research for over fourteen years. I am an expert in research using clinical datasets.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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