Dying at home: A qualitative study of the perspectives of older South Asians living in East London

Ramasamy Venkatasalu, Kumar, Seymour, Jane and Arthur, Anthony (2014) Dying at home: A qualitative study of the perspectives of older South Asians living in East London. Palliative Medicine, 28 (3). pp. 264-272. ISSN 0269-2163

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0269216313506765

Abstract

South Asians constitute the single largest ethnic minority group in the United Kingdom, yet little is known about their perspectives and experiences on end-of-life care. Aim: To explore beliefs, attitudes and expectations expressed by older South Asians living in East London about dying at home. Methodology and methods: Five focus groups and 29 in-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with a total of 55 older adults (24 men and 31 women) aged between 52 to 78 years. Participants from six South Asian ethnic groups were recruited via 11 local community organisations. Data were analysed using a constructive grounded theory approach. Findings: Two key themes were identified. The theme of ‘reconsidering the homeland’ draws on the notion of ‘diaspora’ to help understand why for many participants the physical place of death was perceived by many as less important than the opportunity to carry out cultural and religious practices surrounding death. The second theme ‘home as a haven’ describes participants’ accounts of how their home is a place in which it is possible to perform various cultural and religious rituals. Cultural and religious practices were often seen as essential to achieving a peaceful death and honouring religious and filial duties. Conclusion: Older people of South Asian ethnicity living in East London perceive home as more than a physical location for dying relatives. They make efforts to adhere, but also adapt, to important social and cultural values relating to death and dying as part of the wider challenge of living in an emigrant society.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published onilne before print.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ethnic minorities, South Asians, dying, end-of-life care, home
Subjects: B700 Nursing
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Depositing User: Kumar Ramasamy Venkatasalu
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2013 11:21
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2017 22:06
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/12295

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