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Informal home caregiving in a gender perspective: A selected literature review
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences, School of Health and Caring Sciences.
2004 (English)In: Vård i Norden, ISSN 0107-4083, E-ISSN 1890-4238, Vol. 24, no 4, p. 26-30Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

An informal home caregiver is a person (family member or friends) who takes care of or participates to some degree in the care of a person in the home. This study provides a selected review of literature published 1982-2003 of the informal home caregiving from a gender perspective. A computer-aided search using MEDLINE and CINAHL was carried out. The final number of articles was 45. The main findings were that there are differences in informal caregiving due to gender. Gender differences were found in categories such as affected lifeworld, health problems, managing ability and caregivers experience from caring for a care receiver with different diseases. It is of importance that the informal caregiver is involved in the planning and that a planning act takes place. If society involves the informal home caregiver we can avoid the caregiver being the hidden victim of illness and disability. It is known that burdensome caregiving can result in encroachment due to exhaustion.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 24, no 4, p. 26-30
Keywords [en]
Informal home caregivers, gender, literature review
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject
Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-23116OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-23116DiVA, id: diva2:580009
Available from: 2013-01-07 Created: 2012-12-20 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
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1. Informal caregivers' conceptions of daily life with a spouse having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Informal caregivers' conceptions of daily life with a spouse having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The overall aim of this thesis was to explore informal caregivers’ daily life with particular focus on those living with a spouse who has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in different grades, mild to severe, based on the ill person’s main concern.

The study design was explorative, comparative and descriptive. The thesis included a literature review of 45 scientific articles and semi-structured interviews with 23 patients suffering from COPD, and 21 women and 19 men living with a spouse suffering from COPD. Data were analysed using content analysis, grounded theory, and phenomenography.

Main findings: Men and women living with a spouse suffering from mild COPD did not experience changes in their daily life, and were not in need of support. It was when the COPD gradually escalated that their daily life was affected and they needed support. The caregiving women conceived that their daily life was socially restricted, they had changed roles, changes in health and changes in the couple’s relationship. The caregiving men’s daily life was conceived as burdened, restricted and the partner relationship was affected. The men’s attitude was to continue with their own life and own activities, and their approach to their caregiving situation was to view themselves as “Me and my spouse”. The main concern for people suffering from COPD was feelings of guilt due to self-inflicted disease associated with smoking habits. The thesis shows that there are differences in informal caregiving between males and females.

Conclusion: This thesis shows that there are differences in male and female caregiving for a spouse suffering from COPD. The caregivers conceive and handle the caregiving situation in different ways. It is central that health professionals and municipality consider this along with the individual needs that are related to the development of the COPD. There is a need to identify the person who suffers from COPD and their spouses from the first contact onwards, to regularly follow the development of their situation and need of support.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Växjö, Kalmar: Linnaeus University Press, 2013. p. 83
Series
Linnaeus University Dissertations ; 112/2013
Keywords
Informal caregivers, gender, literature review, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, daily life, feelings of guilt, grounded theory, main concerns, male spouses, female spouses, everyday life, phenomenography
National Category
Nursing
Research subject
Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-23308 (URN)978-91-86983-99-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-02-01, Myrdal, Hus K, Växjö, 10:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2013-01-10 Created: 2013-01-07 Last updated: 2016-03-10Bibliographically approved

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