As a sub study of another study we examined older people with complex health and disability support needs' desire for change. The aim was to compare this across different ages, residence, and gender. Semi-structured interviews were held with 129 participants and the data were analyzed using a General Inductive Approach. Six themes emerged, Health, No Change, Personal Changes, Family, Housing, and Services. The two most popular themes were a desire for health changes and to have no change. Health professionals might note that older people in their 80s with significant health and disability impairments have a decrease in both the desire for health changes and any other changes.


Older People, Elderly, Change, Lifestyle, Complex Support Needs, and General Inductive Theory


The authors would like to acknowledge Masonic Villages Trust Board and Trustees Executors Ltd for their financial support. They would also like to thank the Clinical Trials Research Unit at The University of Auckland assisted with the recruitment of participants.

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