The needs of Chinese-Australian family carers who care for older relatives with diabetes

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Title The needs of Chinese-Australian family carers who care for older relatives with diabetes
Author Liu, Kuei-Hua; Moyle, Wendy; Kellett, Ursula Marie
Journal Name Geriaction
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Geriaction Inc
Abstract Aim: This study used a descriptive exploratory qualitative approach to explore the needs of Chinese-Australian family carers who cared for an older family member with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Method: Participants were recruited through two Chinese speaking general medcal practitioners and a leader in a Buddhist temple. There were four particpants. Results: A thematic analysis revealed four major themes and several sub-themes. The major themes were labeled Challenges/Burdens, Social Isolation, Disease Management, and Cultural Factors. Conclusion: The Chinese family carers' experienced difficulties in meeting their needs and the needs of the person they were caring for because of language and cultural differences. Cultural factors govern primary care perceptions, behaviours and beliefs about health. Health professionals need to be culturally competent to assist with meeting the needs of family carers and to improve outcomes for the care recipient.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.geriaction.com.au/
Volume 27
Issue Number 1
Page from 5
Page to 16
ISSN 1032-4410
Date Accessioned 2009-07-23
Date Available 2010-10-22T07:04:59Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Health Institute; Centre for Health Practice Innovation
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Aged Care Nursing
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/28472
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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