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Grounded theory type analysis.
Healthcare facilities of a group practice health maintenance organisation in the US.
22 older individuals who were randomly selected from those whose reported perceived health differed from that predicted by a regression model constructed from data from a randomised trial of a primary care intervention.
Semistructured interviews lasted approximately 45 minutes and took place in participants' homes or in healthcare facilities. Questions targeted perceptions of health; wellbeing; valued abilities, activities, and relationships; social support; control; sense of coherence; and personal outlook. Analysis of the interviews employed grounded theory type immersion into the material. This process led to the identification of a central phenomenon and the relation of other factors with it.
For these older individuals, health meant going and doing something meaningful. Going meant more than mobility and doing meant …
Sources of funding: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Chronic Care Initiative to the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado and Graduate Research Opportunities Program of the University of Colorado at Denver.
For correspondence: Dr L Bryant, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver CO, USA.