Gender influences on caring, dignity, and well-being in older person care: A systematic literature review and thematic synthesis

Xiarchi, Lamprini Maria and Nässén, Kristina and Palmér, Lina and Cowdell, Fiona and Lindberg, Elizabeth (2023) Gender influences on caring, dignity, and well-being in older person care: A systematic literature review and thematic synthesis. Nursing Philosophy. e12467. ISSN 1466-7681

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Globally, healthcare has become dominated by women nurses. Gender is also known to impact the way people are cared for in various healthcare systems. Considering gender from the perspective of how lived bodies are positioned through the structural relations of institutions and processes, this systematic review aims to explore the meaning of gender in the caring relationship between the nurse and the older person through a synthesis of available empirical data published from 1993 to 2022. CINAHL, PUBMED, EMBASE, and Web of Science were searched from the beginning of each database’s temporal range, and PRISMA guidelines were used for the screening, reviewing, and selection processes of available records. A thematic synthesis of the available data resulted in three analytical themes: i) vulnerability of the gendered body, ii) norms and values related to gender and sexuality, and iii) balancing closeness and distance in the nurse-patient relationship. These themes are intertwined and represent different aspects of gender meaning in the nurse–patient relationship. This research shows that gender, through its influence on the gendered body, its relationship with power dynamics in the caring process, and its intersection with dimensions of identity, has a significant meaning for the experienced vulnerability in the nurse–patient relationship. This has implications for the well-being and sense of dignity of the older person as well as the nurse.

Item Type: Article
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25 September 2023Accepted
30 October 2023Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nurses, Older people, Patients, Relationships, Gender, Qualitative Research Methods
Subjects: CAH02 - subjects allied to medicine > CAH02-04 - nursing and midwifery > CAH02-04-01 - nursing (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: Gemma Tonks
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2023 11:35
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2023 16:39

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