Informal caring networks for people at end of life: Building social capital in Australian communities

Rosenberg, John P., Horsfall, Debbie, Leonard, Rosemary, & Noonan, Kerrie (2015) Informal caring networks for people at end of life: Building social capital in Australian communities. Health Sociology Review, 24(1), pp. 29-37.

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The care of a person living at home near the end of their life is predominantly provided by family carers with the support of health services such as palliative care. In addition, informal caring networks also contribute at times to the support to the dying person and their carer. In this way, these networks can promote social capital in the communities from which they are drawn. This social approach to end of life care enhances community capacity to provide support to those dying at home and their carers.

This article examines relevant published literature to explore the conceptual foundations of informal caring networks, examining the place of social capital and community development in the provision of end of life care at home, particularly in the Australian context.

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ID Code: 78582
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/14461242.2014.999400
ISSN: 1446-1242
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Nursing not elsewhere classified (111099)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis Group
Deposited On: 11 Nov 2014 22:35
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2016 14:43

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