Exploring the elderly's perception towards health education programmes in a multi-service centre for the elderly through a narrative approach

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Exploring the elderly's perception towards health education programmes in a multi-service centre for the elderly through a narrative approach

 

Author: Chau, Chau-ping Cherry
Title: Exploring the elderly's perception towards health education programmes in a multi-service centre for the elderly through a narrative approach
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2003
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Health education -- China -- Hong Kong -- Case studies
Department: School of Nursing
Pages: iv, 165 leaves ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1717736
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/269
Abstract: A narrative inquiry approach was used to explore the perception of the elderly towards health education programmes in a multi-service centre for the elderly. Five participants were selected in a multi-service centre for the elderly. Data collection methods consisted of three in-depth unstructured interviews, participants' observations of non-verbal cues and ongoing conversations within the period of the study. Five elderly persons, who have not been attending the health education programmes recently, were interviewed to explore their understandings of the health education programmes, their health beliefs towards health education programmes, their reasons for attendance and/or non-attendance at the health education programmes and their suggestions for improving the health education programmes at the centre. The study findings had shown that all participants had a positive attitude towards the health education programmes at the multi-service centre. The main emphases of. contents that they found in the health education programmes were primarily about exercise and diet. While different participants had their own beliefs about health education, a commonplace of the complex and multi-dimensional interactions between the personal, social and cultural factors were perceived to be their reasons of attendance and or non-attendance of the programmes. These factors included their own concepts of health education, their perceptions about their own health, their abilities in self care, their patterns of living, priority settings, familial responsibilities, obligations and the projections of their future health needs. There was also a clear emphasis of the temporal element at play with the past shaping their present understanding and their future perceived health needs. Their suggestions for improving the health education programmes lay within the content and the mode of delivery as well as the attitude of health educators. The findings of this study might also point to the various meanings of health education and promotion existed among the elderly and the expert health educators. Differences between the expectations of experts and those of the elderly were highlighted, which may shed light on how various programmes can be better evaluated for their cost-effectiveness in a cash-strapped health-care system.

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