Talking about end-of-life care: the perspectives of older South Asians living in East London Journal of Research in Nursing

Ramasamy Venkatasalu, Kumar, Arthur, Anthony and Seymour, Jane (2013) Talking about end-of-life care: the perspectives of older South Asians living in East London Journal of Research in Nursing. Journal of Research in Nursing, 18 (4). pp. 394-406. ISSN 1361-4096

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The National End-of-life Care Strategy for England identifies that a lack of open discussion about death and dying can be a barrier to achieving good quality end-of-life care. South Asians constitute the single largest ethnic
minority group in the United Kingdom, yet little is known about their attitudes and expectations towards the discussion of death and dying. In this study, set in East London, five focus groups and 29 in-depth, semistructured
interviews were conducted with total of 55 older adults aged
between 52 and 78 years. Participants from six South Asian ethnic groups were recruited from 11 local community organisations. Constructive grounded theory was used as data analysis approach. Findings revealed two key themes which capture the perspectives older South Asian study participants had towards end-of-life care discussions. The theme ‘avoidance as a cultural norm’ relates to the relative absence of discussions around death and dying experienced participants. Participants neither expected to have discussions about their own death and dying within their
family, nor to assume any involvement in related issues of decision making. The second theme ‘avoidance as protection’ relates to beliefs and experiences about the delegation of decision making to family members. Future research should explore the perspectives of second-generation adult children towards end-of-life care discussions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online first.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Advance care planning, minority ethnic, end-of-life care, communication, South Asians, death and dying
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: 17 Dec 2023 14:15

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