Toward a conceptual framework for the interdisciplinary function-focused care in nursing homes

Mi So Kim, Su Jung Lee, Min Sun Park, Eun hye Jeong, Sung Ok Chang

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Aim: To develop a conceptual framework to structure the shared roles and tasks of interdisciplinary teams for efficient function-focused care of nursing home (NH) residents. Methods: A qualitative study using focus groups. Two focus group interviews were conducted on NH practitioners and professors. Focus group 1 consisted of six practitioners with more than 5 years of practical experience in NHs. Focus group 2 consisted of six professors with more than 5 years of educational experience in geriatrics or gerontology and who are capable of adopting theoretical approaches to older adults’ functions. Results: The post-acute care-rehabilitation quality framework furnished the underlying structure for the focus group interview questionnaire to develop the shared interdisciplinary function-focused care framework. The focus of the framework is how resident care processes should be based on individuality of the residents and include holistic continuous assessments, integration of care, and professional interventions by each discipline. An interdisciplinary process involves setting shared goals, communicating and coordinating roles and tasks of interdisciplinary teams, and providing complementary care. Shared final outcomes are defined as improving residents' independence and quality of life and reducing hospital transfer and admission rates. Conclusion: In this study, we have developed the first conceptual framework of interdisciplinary function-focused care in NHs, which will provide an evidence-based foundation for integrated and continuous function-focused care for NH residents. The results of this study will contribute to efficient communication among the interdisciplinary teams and improvement of the outcomes of function-focused care subjects.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12330
JournalJapan Journal of Nursing Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jul 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (2015R1D1A1A01057258); This research was supported by a Korea University Grant.

Funding Information:
Korea University; National Research Foundation of Korea, Grant/Award Number: 2015R1D1A1A01057258 Funding information

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 Japan Academy of Nursing Science


  • focus groups
  • geriatric nursing
  • interdisciplinary studies
  • nursing homes
  • qualitative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Research and Theory


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