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Agneta Törnquist


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Works at Department of Social Work
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Postal address Institutionen för socialt arbete 106 91 Stockholm


A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2014. Ingela Beck, Agneta Törnquist, Anna-Karin Edberg. International Journal of Older People Nursing 9 (2), 140-150

    Background.  Nurse assistants working in residential care facilities need support to ensure that they provide high-quality care for the residents and support for relatives, from admission to bereavement.

    Aim.  The aim was to describe the nurse assistants’ experience of how an intervention with a palliative care approach, had influenced them in their work in residential care for older people.

    Participants.  Fourteen nurse assistants working in three different municipal residential care facilities.

    Methods.  Data were collected by means of semi-structured individual interviews following an intervention consisting of study circles combined with workshops. The data were analysed using content analysis.

    Result.  The nurse assistants felt that, through the intervention, they had gained insight into their understanding of the importance of quality of care. This included an increased awareness of, and respect for, residents’ and relatives’ needs, and an increased understanding of the importance of the outcome of encounters with residents and their relatives. After the intervention, they also felt there was increased openness and understanding between colleagues. However, the nurse assistants also expressed frustration over obstacles to implementing a palliative care approach, such as lack of resources and supportive leadership.

    Conclusion.  The nurse assistants felt that the intervention was positive and encouraged them to provide more person-centred care within the framework of a palliative care approach. Although the intervention was intended to involve and support the management, it was not sufficient. Nurse assistants described lack of resources and supportive leadership. There is, therefore, a need to place greater emphasis on leadership and their support of nurse assistants so that they can provide high-quality care.

  • 2014. Agneta Törnquist, Anna-Karin Edberg, Henna Hasson. Omvårdnadens grunder, 279-296
  • 2014. Agneta Törnquist, Anna-Karin Edberg, Henna Hasson. Omvårdnadens grunder, ansvar och utveckling, 279-296
  • 2013. Hanna Augustsson, Agneta Törnquist, Henna Hasson. Journal of Health Organisation & Management 27 (3), 390-408
  • 2013. Agneta Törnquist, Magdalena Andersson, Anna-Karin Edberg. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences 27 (3), 651-658

    Background: The palliative care approach was originally developed for hospice care and for persons with cancer diseases, but has gradually expanded to embrace other contexts and people of all ages, with various life-threatening diseases. The palliative care concept thus also applies to older people and the context of municipal care, where Registered Nurses (RNs) hold key care provision positions. The municipal context is not, however, focused primarily on advanced nursing care, and it is important to highlight RNs’ prerequisites for care provision.

    Aim: The study’s aim was to describe RNs’ experience of providing palliative care for older people in a municipal context. Data were collected through focus group discussions with 20 RNs from four different municipalities in southern Sweden and were analysed using conventional content analysis.

    Findings:The results showed that the nurses experienced that it was they who cushioned the effects of unclear responsibilities between different organizations, but had limited legitimacy in the municipal context and in relation to other care providers. The results also showed that nurses lacked proper support and prerequisites for providing high-quality palliative care to older dying patients.

    Conclusion:The results pinpoint the importance of increased acknowledgement of nurses’ knowledge and skills and a critical view on the effects of moving towards an organization composed of different consultants, which can lead to even more unclear responsibility for nursing care provision.

  • 2012. Ingela Beck (et al.). International Journal of Nursing Studies 49 (4), 455-464


    Palliative care should be provided, irrespective of setting to all patients facing a life-threatening illness and to their families. The situation and needs of older people differ from those of younger people since they often have several co-existing diseases and health complaints. This implies an extensive need for care and for longer periods of palliative care. The main providers of palliative care for older people are nurse assistants, who are also those with the shortest education.


    The aim of this study was to illuminate nurse assistants’ experience of palliative care for older people in residential care.


    The study had an explorative, descriptive design.


    Thirteen residential care units in three different districts in a large city in southern Sweden.


    Twenty-five nurse assistants selected to represent variations in age, gender workplace and work experience.


    Data were collected from six focus-group interviews and subjected to content analysis to gain an understanding of the phenomenon.


    The nurse assistants described palliative care as a contrast to the everyday care they performed in that they had a legitimate possibility to provide the care needed and a clear assignment in relation to relatives. Palliative care also meant having to face death and dying while feeling simultaneous that it was unnatural to talk about death and having to deal with their own emotions. They emphasised that they were in need of support and experienced leadership as invisible and opaque, but gained strength from being recognized.


    In order to support nurse assistants in providing high quality end-of-life care, more focus is needed on the trajectory of older peoples’ dying, on the importance of involving relatives throughout the period of care provision, and on support when encountering death and dying. There is also a need for engaged care leaders, both registered nurses and managers, to recognize the work of nurse assistants and to support care provision for older people within the framework of palliative care philosophy.

  • 2012. Agneta Törnquist. Äldre i centrum (2)
  • 2012. Agneta Törnquist, Linus Broström. Ställföreträdarskap
  • 2011. Agneta Törnquist.
  • 2010. Agneta Törnquist. Omsorg och mångfald, 148-163
  • 2010. Agneta Törnquist. Personcentrerad omvårdnad, 89-100
  • 2009. Agneta Törnquist.
  • 2007. Emmanuel Åhlfäldt (et al.).
  • 2006. Agneta Törnquist (et al.).
  • 2006. Agneta Törnquist.
  • 2006. Agneta Törnquist.
  • 2005. Britt Almberg (et al.).
  • 2001. Agneta Törnquist. Villkor och vägar för grundläggande yrkesutbildning, 169-186
  • 2000. Agneta Törnquist. Kvinnligt ledarskap i hierarkiska organisationer., studie III
  • 1998. Agneta Törnquist. Från Wittgenstein till degknådning, 19-30
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Last updated: June 20, 2018

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