oa Mosenodi - Access to health care : perspectives of family caregivers of the elderly



The purpose of this study was to discuss the factors that impact on the family caregivers' access to health services. A qualitative grounded-theory methodology was used to interview' 24 participants who were caring for an older person. The findings indicate that the factors which determined the access of caregivers to health services included: distance to the health facility poverty, attitudes of health care professionals, poor discharge planning and referral, shortage of medical supplies and lack of knowledge. Implication for nursing education, nursing practice and policy that address health care delivery system for older persons are discussed.


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