Home-based end-of-life care for Thai elders: Family caregivers’ perspectives

Authors

  • Kanyanat Supaporn Department of Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Srinakharinwirot University, Ongkharak, Nakhonnayok 26120, Thailand
  • Ploenpit Thaniwattananon Department of Adult and Gerontological Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Songkhla 90110, Thailand
  • Sang-arun Isaramalai Department of Community Health Nurse Practitioner, Faculty of Nursing, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Songkhla 90110, Thailand
  • Tusanee Khaw Department of Adult and Gerontological Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Songkhla 90110, Thailand

Keywords:

caregivers, elder, end of life, home-based end of life care

Abstract

Thai elders prefer to spend the end stage of life at home. This situation requires family caregivers to provide formal palliative care. This study explored family caregivers’ perspectives they faced while providing home-based end-of-life care for elders. This study was conducted in 14 primary care centers located in a southern city of Thailand. A qualitative approach with in-depth interview was conducted among 30 elders and their caregivers. The instruments consisted of in-depth interview questions, non-participant observation, and field notes. Qualitative data were analyzed and synthesized for content analysis. The home-based end-of-life care for elders consisted of five categories: (1) caregivers’ burden; (2) symptom management; (3) thoughts about prognosis; (4) unprepared for the end of life; and (5) making decisions  regarding treatments and care. Strategies can guide the caregivers to overcome home-based care and develop an effective palliative care for elders.

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Published

12-10-2022

How to Cite

Supaporn, K. ., Thaniwattananon, P. ., Isaramalai, S.- arun ., & Khaw, T. . (2022). Home-based end-of-life care for Thai elders: Family caregivers’ perspectives. Kasetsart Journal of Social Sciences, 43(4), 1085–1094. Retrieved from https://so04.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/kjss/article/view/261679

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Research articles