Older Adults' Experience of Health Promotion: A Theory for Nursing Practice
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Public Health Nursing
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Understanding older adults' experience of health promotion is essential in effectively preserving health and functional ability and thereby reducing health care costs among members of this rapidly expanding group. During 5 months of participant observation of 80 older adults (ages of 62-88), data from 31 semistructured interviews, as well as the Health Self-Determinism Index (HSDI) designed to measure intrinsic motivation for health (Cox, Miller, & Mull, 1987), were analyzed using methods common to grounded theory (Glaser & Strauss, 1967). Patterns central to maintaining health that provide essential theoretical grounding for health promotion practice with older adults were discovered.