Establishing partnerships with family caregivers. Local and cosmopolitan knowledge.

Theresa A Harvath, P. G. Archbold, B. J. Stewart, S. Gadow, J. M. Kirschling, L. Miller, J. Hagan, K. Brody, J. Schook

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Abstract

1. The concepts of local and cosmopolitan knowledge may be used by gerontological nurses in creating partnerships with family caregivers to frail older people. 2. Local knowledge is the understanding and skills that the family brings to the caregiving situation; cosmopolitan knowledge is the understanding and skills that the gerontological nurse brings to the situation. 3. Four nursing interventions are guided by the conceptualization of local and cosmopolitan knowledge: acknowledging and affirming local knowledge when it is adequate; developing or enhancing local knowledge when it is inadequate; assisting family caregivers to apply local knowledge to problem solving; and blending local and cosmopolitan knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-35
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Gerontological Nursing
Volume20
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1994
Externally publishedYes

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    Harvath, T. A., Archbold, P. G., Stewart, B. J., Gadow, S., Kirschling, J. M., Miller, L., Hagan, J., Brody, K., & Schook, J. (1994). Establishing partnerships with family caregivers. Local and cosmopolitan knowledge. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 20(2), 29-35.