Dying at home:A qualitative study of the perspectives of older South Asians living in the United Kingdom

Venkatasalu, M. R., Seymour, J. E. and Arthur, A. (2014) Dying at home:A qualitative study of the perspectives of older South Asians living in the United Kingdom. Palliative Medicine, 28 (3). pp. 264-272.

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Background:South Asians constitute the single largest ethnic minority group in the United Kingdom, yet little is known about their perspectives on, and experiences of, end-of-life care.Aim:To explore beliefs, attitudes and expectations expressed by older South Asians living in East London about dying at home.Design:A qualitative study using focus groups and semi-structured interviews. Data were analysed using a constructivist grounded theory approach.Setting/participants:Five focus groups and 29 in-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with a total of 55 older adults (24 men and 31 women) aged between 52 and 78 years. Participants from six South Asian ethnic groups were recruited via 11 local community organisations.Results:Two key themes were identified. The theme of 'reconsidering the homeland' draws on the notion of 'diaspora' to help understand why for many participants, the physical place of death was perceived as less important than the opportunity to carry out cultural and religious practices surrounding death. The second theme 'home as a haven' describes participants' accounts of how their home is a place in which it is possible to perform various cultural and religious rituals. Cultural and religious practices were often seen as essential to achieving a peaceful death and honouring religious and filial duties.Conclusions:Older people of South Asian ethnicity living in East London perceive home as more than a physical location for dying relatives. They make efforts to adhere, and also adapt, to important social and cultural values relating to death and dying as part of the wider challenge of living in an emigrant society.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ethnic minorities,south asians,dying,end-of-life care,home
Faculty \ School:
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Groups > Health in Later Life (former - to 2017)
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Groups > Dementia & Complexity in Later Life
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2014 14:30
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 05:51
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/46884
DOI: 10.1177/0269216313506765

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