Commentary on: Lindahl B, Lidén E, Lindblad BM. A meta-synthesis describing the relationships between patients, informal caregivers and health professionals in home-care settings. J Clin Nurs2011;20:454–63.
Implications for nursing practice
Care delivery in the home creates a unique and potentially challenging set of relational issues for the nurse, client and informal carer.
The communication skills, values, attitudes and behaviours of the nurse are influential in determining the dynamic of the nurse-client-informal carer relationship in the home.
Implications for nursing research
Further research is needed to examine the views of stakeholders on the factors that influence nurse-client-informal carer relationships in the home-care setting.
Further research is needed to examine the success of interventions to promote positive relationships among stakeholders in the home-care setting.