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The ’Other’ in end-of-life care: care providers on patients with migrant backgrounds
Department od Sociology, Uppsala University.
Department od Sociology, Uppsala University.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Division of Nursing Science. Region Östergötland, Local Health Care Services in East Östergötland, Department of Advanced Home Care in Norrköping. Region Östergötland, Local Health Care Services in East Östergötland, Center of Palliative Care. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
2016 (English)In: Journal of Intercultural Studies, ISSN 0725-6868, E-ISSN 1469-9540, Vol. 37, no 2, 103-117 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Research on how end-of-life care providers make sense of cultural, ethnic and religious diversity is relatively scarce. This article explores end-of-life care providers’ understandings of patients with migrant backgrounds through a study based on focus group interviews. The analysis brings to the fore three themes: the expectation that the existence of difference and uncertainty is a given when caring for patients with migrant backgrounds; the expectation that the extension of responsibility that difference entails creates a variety of dilemmas; and the expectation that difference will bring about misunderstandings and that patients’ needs can go unmet as a result of this. On the basis of these themes we suggest that the end-of-life care providers interviewed regard patients with migrant backgrounds as ‘Others’ and themselves as providers that cannot deliver so called culture-competent care. The findings are problematised using the lens that the debate on patient-centredness offers. The article suggests that if the uniqueness of all patients is to be seriously taken into account then ‘Othering’ is perhaps what patient-centredness actually entails.

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2016. Vol. 37, no 2, 103-117 p.
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Migration, end-of-life care, culture-competent care, patient-centredness, religious diversity, cultural diversity, otherness
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Geriatrics Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-135776DOI: 10.1080/07256868.2016.1141756OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-135776DiVA: diva2:1083468
Available from: 2017-03-21 Created: 2017-03-21 Last updated: 2017-05-02Bibliographically approved

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