The role of CNSs in promoting elderly patients' autonomy in long-term institutions: problems and implications for nursing practice and research.

Maritta Anneli Vaelimaeki, H. Leino-Kilpi, P. A. Scott, M. Arndt, T. Dassen, C. Lemonidou, M. Gasull, E. Cabrera

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Autonomy has become an important focus within healthcare. Elderly patients, however, are often denied the right to independent decision making on grounds of incompetence and incapacity. In long-term institutions there are several ways in which the clinical nurse specialist can promote the autonomy of elderly patients. This article provides an overview of the concept of autonomy and discusses some of the problems in its realization in long-term nursing institutions. It also outlines strategies for supporting autonomy in elderly patients and concludes with a discussion of the implications of autonomy to nursing practice and research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-12; quiz 13
JournalClinical nurse specialist CNS
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing
  • Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Leadership and Management
  • LPN and LVN

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