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Int J Nurs Stud. 2003 Nov;40(8):797-805.

Home care for terminally ill Turks and Moroccans and their families in the Netherlands: carers' experiences and factors influencing ease of access and use of services.

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Netherlands Institute of Health Services Research (Nivel) Foundation, P.O. Box 1568, Utrecht, BN, Netherlands.


The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of relatives of elderly terminally ill Turks and Moroccans regarding Dutch professional home care and the barriers to the use this care. Nine Turkish and ten Moroccan family members, who recently looked after dying members of their families, were interviewed using a semi-structured topic list. The data was analyzed using the method described by Glaser and Strauss. The results of this study make it clear that there is no uniform pattern in the use of home care. However, family members who did use home care facilities were all satisfied. Furthermore, on the basis of this study, several factors influencing access to and use of home care were discerned, e.g., illness, family structure, decision making, pressure from the community, information and formal referrals. In addition, the authors found that 'preferences regarding family care' influenced all former factors.

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