Cultural influences on palliative family caregiving: service recommendations specific to the Vietnamese in Canada

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dc.contributor.author Williams, Allison M
dc.contributor.author Donovan, Rhonda
dc.contributor.author Stajduhar, Kelli
dc.contributor.author Spitzer, Denise
dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-14T17:41:11Z
dc.date.available 2015-09-14T17:41:11Z
dc.date.copyright 2015 en_US
dc.date.issued 2015-06-30
dc.identifier.citation Williams et al.: Cultural influences on palliative family caregiving: service recommendations specific to the Vietnamese in Canada. BMC Res Notes (2015) 8:280 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13104-015-1252-3
dc.identifier.uri http://www.biomedcentral.com/1756-0500/8/280
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/6693
dc.description BioMed Central en_US
dc.description.abstract Background: Much of what is known about family caregiving at end-of-life in Canada has been studied within the context of various disease categories or across different care settings, rather than in relation to specific ethnic/cultural identities. Such homogeneity belies the impact of cultural and social factors on the experiences and outcomes of palliative and end-of-life (P/EOL) care. We know little about the end-of-life experiences of Vietnamese-Canadian families. Consequently, there is a lack of understanding around how to best meet the needs of Vietnamese care recipients, caregivers, and their families via the health service system, whose services of which we know they have limited access. Results: To determine a set of service recommendations for health care settings (including the home) specific to caring for Vietnamese (P/EOL) care recipients, caregivers and their families, a qualitative instrumental case-study design was employed. The perspectives of 18 adult Vietnamese family caregivers (FCGs) were obtained. In addition, seven semi-structured key informant interviews were implemented with a range of personnel from community service providers to front-line health care professionals. The ways in which caregiving was perceived and expressed were reflected in three thematic findings: (1) Natural: identity and care work; (2) Intentional: whole person care; and (3) Intensive: standards, struggle, and the context of care. Ten main recommendations have been vetted with service provider leaders and confirmed as being appropriate for uptake. Conclusions: The ten service recommendations for health care settings (including the home), if implemented, would contribute to improved P/EOL services for the Vietnamese population. Further research involves the evaluation of these policy and programs. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work was supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research grant titled “Cultural Influences on Caregiving at End-of-Life” [201724]. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher BMC Res Notes en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ca/ *
dc.subject Palliative caregiving en_US
dc.subject Culture en_US
dc.subject Program/policy implications en_US
dc.subject Vietnamese en_US
dc.title Cultural influences on palliative family caregiving: service recommendations specific to the Vietnamese in Canada en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Faculty en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Reviewed en_US

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