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Family carers in resource-poor countries

Jennifer Hunt

in Family Carers in Palliative Care

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199216901
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730252 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216901.003.0005
Family carers in resource-poor countries

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This chapter examines the situation of family carers working in the palliative care sector in resource-poor countries. It describes detailed scenarios from Zimbabwe in order to provide insights into particular situations faced by family carers of chronically ill and dying relatives in resource-poor African countries. The findings suggest that there are many positive aspects to family care in resource-poor settings that can be strengthened if knowledge and support are available. Increasing the skills of other carers in the community in a meaningful and sustainable manner is one approach.

Keywords: family carers; palliative care sector; developing countries; Zimbabwe; Africa; chronic illness

Chapter.  8153 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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