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Gender perspectives in Austrian participatory research in palliative care for older people

Elisabeth Reitinger and Erich Lehner

in Participatory Research in Palliative Care

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199644155
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191749094 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644155.003.0013
Gender perspectives in Austrian participatory research in palliative care for older people

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This chapter investigates the impact of gender in participatory research. As a social category, gender gives structure to societies as well as imposing opportunities and constraints on people as individual beings throughout the life course. The gender perspective will be reflected upon in two ways. The first will highlight the way gender influences research projects including ethical aspects. The second will focus on findings from two participatory research projects conducted in Austria. The reasoning starts by exploring the conceptual and empirical background of palliative care for and with older people, the conceptualisation of a gender framework and then outlines the methodological approach in relation to participatory research. The chapter finishes with a discussion that opens up considerations for further integration of gender into participatory research projects in palliative care for older people.

Keywords: gender perspective; older people; long term care settings; ethical aspects; power relations; self-reflection

Chapter.  5279 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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