Kristiina Heikkilä

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BACKGROUND A total hip replacement and a total knee replacement have shown to effectively reduce pain and disability in patients with osteoarthritis of the hip and knee joint despite associated risks. Even though the intervention primarily concerns older people with additional health problems, the patients stand on their feet the day after the operation and(More)
OBJECTIVES Although elderly people from immigrant and minority groups utilise elderly care facilities to a lesser extent than elderly people from majority groups, there is a lack of research on how elderly people with different ethnic backgrounds wish and expect to be cared for when they are in need of institutional elderly care. This study aims to(More)
An increasing number of older people belong to minority and immigrant groups. This calls for new models on the subject of how to provide culturally adjusted care for these populations. The aim of this study is to describe how cultural congruency is used in care for older Finnish immigrants in order to promote their well-being. The study was conducted with(More)
The aim of this study was to explore what problems are reported by healthcare professionals in primary healthcare concerning the use of interpreters and what the problems lead to. The study involved a single case in a real-life situation with qualitative content analysis of 60 incident reports written by different healthcare professionals. The main problems(More)
AIM This paper is a report of a study to explore older people's experiences of their lived bodies during the perioperative period for a hip or knee replacement. BACKGROUND Replacement surgery of a major joint for older people suffering from osteoarthritis is an established treatment in developed countries. Scientific knowledge is available on replacement(More)
AIM The aim was to explore adults' experiences of their family members' use of interpreters in health-care encounters. BACKGROUND Language barriers are a major hindrance for migrants to receive appropriate healthcare. In a foreign country, family members often need support in care of migrant patients. No previous studies focusing on adult family members'(More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To describe people's experiences of living with dementia in Iran. BACKGROUND A knowledge gap exists regarding the experiences of living with dementia in nonWestern contexts. This gap may be especially apparent within the Iranian context, where dementia research is relatively new. Deeper understanding about context-related experiences(More)
AIM To describe conceptions of daily life in women living with a man suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in different stages. BACKGROUND The spouse is often the primary caregiver to someone with COPD, and thus also affected by the consequences of the disease. No previous studies have been found focusing on conceptions of daily life(More)
INTRODUCTION Previous studies have described the difficulties and the complexity of assessing an emergency call, and assessment protocols intended to support the emergency medical dispatcher's (EMD) assessment have been developed and evaluated in recent years. At present, the EMD identifies about 50-70 % of patients suffering from cardiac arrest, acute(More)
AIM This study aimed to describe and compare urban and rural family caregivers' reactions to caring for a relative with dementia and to examine the associations between caregiving and socio-demographic factors. BACKGROUND Most studies on family caregivers' experiences caring for older people with dementia have been conducted in urban areas, and little is(More)