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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 414-419

Ethnographic exploration of empowerment to improve elderly residents' quality of life


1 Department of Occupational Environmental Research Centre, Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences, Rafsanjan, Iran
2 Department of Professional Advancement and Continuing Education, Faculty of Education, University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
3 Social Determinant of Health Research Centre, Alborz University of Medical Sciences, Karaj, Iran

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Seyed Zia Tabatabaei
Department of Occupational Environmental Research Centre, Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences, Rafsanjan
Iran
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijnmr.IJNMR_70_16

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Background: Evidence underscores that empowerment is central to improve the elderly residents' quality of life. In truth, empowerment is a process through which individuals gain better control over their life. The aim of this study was to explore how perceived empowerment influence on the quality of life among elderly Malay residents. Materials and Methods: A focus ethnographic approach was employed in a Malaysian residential home between May 2011 and January 2012. Data were gathered from participant observations, field notes, in-depth interviews, and exploring related documents. Results: The analysis of the data gathered in the current study resulted in the development of three themes – social life and its requirements, caregivers' skills empowerment, and listening and supporting. Conclusions: Findings of the study provide new insights that are useful in charting new guideline for care providers and policy makers to improve the elderly residents' quality of life.


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