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The Cultures of Caregiving

The Cultures of Caregiving
Carol Levine & Thomas H. Murray, eds.
Baltimore, MD : The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004
RA645.3 .C85 2004

As the population ages and the health care system focuses on cost containment, family caregivers have become the frontline providers of most long-term and chronic care. Patient care at home falls mainly on untrained and unprepared family members, who struggle to adjust to the new roles, responsibilities, and expenses. Because the culture of family caregivers - their values, priorities, and relationships to the patient - often differs markedly from that of professionals, the result can be conflict and misunderstanding.

In The Cultures of Caregiving, Carol Levine and Thomas H. Murray bring together accomplished physicians, nurses, social workers, and policy experts to examine the differences and conflicts (and sometimes common ground) between family caregivers and health care professionals - and to suggest ways to improve the situation. Topics addressed include family caregivers and the health care system; cultural diversity and family caregiving; the changing relationship between nurses, home care aides, and families; long-term health care policy; images of family caregivers in film; and the ethical dimensions of professional and family responsibilities. For a readership of professionals and students in medical ethics, health policy, and such fields as primary care, geriatrics, oncology, nursing, and social work, The Cultures of Caregiving provides needed answers in the contemporary crisis of family caregiving.

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