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  • 1.
    Dahlberg, Lena
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Social Work. Karolinska Institutet; Stockholm University.
    Ageing in a changing place: a qualitative study of neighbourhood exclusion2019In: Ageing & Society, ISSN 0144-686X, E-ISSN 1469-1779Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    An inclusive neighbourhood is a key facilitator enabling older adults to age in place. Neighbourhoods have been identified as a dimension of social exclusion important to older adults, and it has been argued that older adults are particularly vulnerable to neighbourhood change. The aim of this study was to explore older adults’ experiences of neighbourhood exclusion within the context of neighbourhood change. Focus groups were undertaken in the urban and rural areas of a metropolitan borough in England involving a total of 41 older adults, with data analysed via thematic analysis. Urban areas in the borough studied have transformed following the closure of the mining industry, with a high level of deprivation in many areas, while some rural areas have undergone gentrification. Within the context of structural neighbourhood change, four themes were identified: community cohesion, political agency, feelings of safety and the physical environment. The themes were interlinked, which calls for collaboration across traditional lines of professional responsibility, and for research that encompasses different aspects of neighbourhood exclusion. This study contributes with knowledge on older adults’ experiences of exclusion, including novel findings on the importance of political agency and collective memory, and identifies actions to combat exclusion. An active involvement of older adults in the development of initiatives to tackle social exclusion is recommended.

  • 2.
    Granström, Therese
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.
    Olsen, Marie
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.
    Mentoring model in municipal health care in Dalarna, Sweden: A model for supporting new employeed nurses' professional role in municipal health care2012In: Ageing connects: book of abstracts, International Federation on Ageing. Global Conference on Ageing , 2012Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background

    The society and health care units are increasing the demands on nurses.  Newly employed nurses   are expected to be able to work from the first day of employment independently.

    Aim

    That the newly employed nurses in communities within the County of Dalarna, receive support enabling them to feel safe in their professional role and ensure patient safety.

    The scope of the project

    The Mentor Model (MM) is based on the fact that the municipalities in Dalarna County (n = 15) appoints a Headmentor (HM).  The HM is responsible for appointing a mentor (M) for all newly employed nurses and has a supportive function for all mentors. The mentors (M) should have professional experience and are responsible for the newly employed nurses under a period of one year. In order for the M to provide support i.e. time for reflection with the HM and newly employed nurse sufficient, time must be allocated, i.e. two weeks.

    The (M) should be available to answer necessary, and networking with other mentors in Dalarna.

    Interviews with HM, M and newly employed in the municipalities showed positive gains with appointing an MM. The positive effects were: patient safety, the nurses felt more confident and the HM and M had opportunity to develop professionally.

  • 3.
    Nerpin, Elisabet
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Medical Science. Uppsala universitet, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, Medicinska fakulteten, Institutionen för folkhälso- och vårdvetenskap, Geriatrik.
    The kidney in different stages of the cardiovascular continuum2013Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Patients with chronic kidney disease are at higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The complex, interaction between the kidney and the cardiovascular system is incompletely understood, particularly at the early stages of the cardiovascular continuum.

    The overall aim of this thesis was to clarify novel aspects of the interplay between the kidney and the cardiovascular system at different stages of the cardiovascular continuum; from risk factors such as insulin resistance, inflammation and oxidative stress, via sub-clinical cardiovascular damage such as endothelial dysfunction and left ventricular dysfunction, to overt cardiovascular death.

    This thesis is based on two community-based cohorts of elderly, Uppsala Longitudinal Study of Adult Men (ULSAM) and Prospective Investigation of the Vasculature in Uppsala Seniors (PIVUS).

    The first study, show that higher insulin sensitivity, measured with euglycemic-hyperinsulinemic clamp technique was associated to improve estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) in participants with normal fasting plasma glucose, normal glucose tolerance and normal eGFR. In longitudinal analyses, higher insulin sensitivity at baseline was associated with lower risk of impaired renal function during follow-up. In the second study, eGFR was inversely associated with different inflammatory markers (C-reactive protein, interleukin-6, serum amyloid A) and positively associated with a marker of oxidative stress (urinary F2-isoprostanes). In line with this, the urinary albumin/creatinine ratio was positively associated with these inflammatory markers, and negatively associated with oxidative stress.

    In study three, higher eGFR was associated with better endothelial function as assessed by the invasive forearm model. Further, in study four, higher eGFR was significantly associated with higher left ventricular systolic function (ejection fraction). The 5th study of the thesis shows that higher urinary albumin excretion rate (UAER) and lower eGFR was independently associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular mortality. Analyses of global model fit, discrimination, calibration, and reclassification suggest that UAER and eGFR add relevant prognostic information beyond established cardiovascular risk factors in participants without prevalent cardiovascular disease.

    Conclusion: this thesis show that the interaction between the kidney and the cardiovascular system plays an important role in the development of cardiovascular disease and that this interplay begins at an early asymptomatic stage of the disease process.

  • 4.
    Orrell, Alison
    et al.
    University of Sheffield.
    McKee, Kevin
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Social Work.
    Dahlberg, Lena
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Social Work.
    Gilhooly, Mary
    Brunel University.
    Parker, Stuart
    University of Sheffield.
    Improving continence services for older people from the service-providers’ perspective: a qualitative interview study2013In: BMJ Open, ISSN 2044-6055, E-ISSN 2044-6055, Vol. 3, no 7Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Objective: To examine in depth the views and experiences of continence service leads in England on key service and continence management characteristics in order to identify and to improve our understanding of barriers to a good-quality service and potential facilitators to develop and to improve services for older people with urinary incontinence (UI).

    Design: Qualitative semistructured interviews using a purposive sample recruited across 16 continence services.

    Setting: 3 acute and 13 primary care National Health Service Trusts in England.

    Participants: 16 continence service leads in England actively treating and managing older people with UI.

    Results: In terms of barriers to a good-quality service, participants highlighted a failure on the part of commissioners, managers and other health professionals in recognising the problem of UI and in acknowledging the importance of continence for older people and prevalent negative attitudes towards continence and older people. Patient assessment and continence promotion regardless of age, rather than pad provision, were identified as important steps for a good-quality service for older people with UI. More rapid and appropriate patient referral pathways, investment in service capacity, for example, more trained staff and strengthened interservice collaborations and a higher profile within medical and nurse training were specified as being important facilitators for delivering an equitable and highquality continence service. There is a need, however, to consider the accounts given by our participants as perhaps serving the interests of their professional group within the context of interprofessional work.

    Conclusions: Our data point to important barriers and facilitators of a good-quality service for older people with UI, from the perspective of continence service leads. Further research should address the views of other stakeholders, and explore options for the empirical evaluation of the effectiveness of identified service facilitators.

  • 5.
    Tonkonogi, Michail
    Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Sport and Health Science.
    Styrkt av träning2015In: Äldre i Centrum, ISSN 1653-3585, Vol. 29, no 4, p. 21-23Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 6. van den Heuvel, Eleanor
    et al.
    Gilhooly, Mary
    Sutherland, Ian
    Jowitt, Felicity
    McKee, Kevin
    Dalarna University, School of Health and Social Studies, Social Work.
    Dahlberg, Lena
    Dalarna University, School of Health and Social Studies, Social Work.
    Parker, Stuart
    Gaydecki, Patrick
    Ratcliffe, Norman
    Bichard, Jo-Anne
    Long, Adele
    Cotterill, Nikki
    Orme, Susie
    Tackling ageing continence through theory, tools and technology (TACT3)2013Report (Other academic)
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