My clasmates and I are currently working on a presentation for a nursing management class involving a local home health care agency. My piece of it is cross-cultrural contexts, i.e. how do they do it in Europe, Asia, etc.
My assumtion from what I've heard is that in other cultures, family members take care of their own.
That nursing homes and home health care services are a uniquely American.
I don't know if this is true and if it is to what extent.
My searches on the net have resulted in sites trying to sell care insurance, advice on how to deal with our govement programs, and stateside care agencies.
I (we) would most appreciate any referral to a site or journal that disscusses cultural or sociological aspects of home health care.
Many many thanks,
V SPN (Acually I'm now a SRN)
Oct 9, '01
I would love to help you, but I know of no journals that would cover that. I would suggest you try a search for some nursing sites for international nursing org's or indiv country nursing org's and post questions.
One site I know of has some good cultural info, I do not have the web address, but it was called the culture zone, and the links are very good, it was made by a nurse for school nurses, but it is a good place to link from. You may also want to post in the international nurse forum here.
I can recommend this book; Transcultural Nursing , it covered many cultures, and yes, maybe LTC is unique to this country, but I believe Home health nursing goes back a long way in many countries, take for example the extensive use of midwives for home delivery in England. You may want to do a search on stats from the world health org site, try searching for departments of health in other countries. Sorry I can't be of more help. Try also the student nurse forum, maybe they have some ideas too.