Integrative Review of Community-Based Interventions to Promote Self-Care/Management for Older People in Thailand

Wednesday, 24 July 2013: 10:30 AM

Sakuntala Anuruang, RN, MNS
Centre for Cardiovascular and Chronic Care, Faculty of Health, University of Technology, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Learning Objective 1: 1. How has self-care/management been defined in the nursing literature?

Learning Objective 2: 2. What concepts, process and outcomes are significant to self-care/management intervention models for elderly people in community based settings in Thailand?

Purpose: The purposes of this paper are to review the literature on community programs promoting self-care/management for older people in Thailand, in order to define self-care/management in the nursing literature and identify the concepts, process, outcomes that influence and inform self-care/management intervention models for Thai elderly in community based setting in Thailand.

Methods: An integrative review of the literature using the CINAHL, Medline, Health Source Nursing Academic databases from 1946 through 2012 was conducted identifying articles related to self-care, self-management, chronic disease, and community care in Thai elderly.   

Results: Thirteen papers fully met eligibility criteria. The key parts of interventions that demonstrated positive outcomes are as following:  (1) obtained culturally-sensitive information are needs for Thai elderly care intervention in the community; (2) emphasized sharing and mutual goal setting approach the participants; and (3) flexibility within the intervention to adapt to participant needs. 

Conclusion: An integrative review has the potential to allow for further research to develop the effective intervention to enhance quality of life for older people.