A Discourse Analysis: One Caregiver’s Voice in End-of-Life Care

Erin Kitt-Lewis, Susan G. Strauss, Janice Lee Penrod

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Abstract

Informal family caregivers make a significant contribution to the U.S. health care system, and the need for caregivers will likely increase. Gaining deeper insights into the caregiver experience will provide essential knowledge needed to support the future caregiver workforce delivering care. Discourse analysis is a viable approach in analyzing textual caregiver data that focuses on the end-of-life caregiving experience. The purpose of this study was to conduct an in-depth discourse analytic examination of 13 hours of caregiver interview data, which reveal the multiplicity of shifting stances and perceptions of one caregiver in the midst of end-of-life care, specifically with regard to his perceptions of self (caregiver) and other (care recipient). By isolating a specific but limited set of reference terms used throughout the discourse, we gained systematic glimpses into the mind and perceptions of this single caregiver in relation to his role as caregiver for his terminally ill wife.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)346-356
Number of pages11
JournalQualitative Health Research
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018

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Terminal Care
Caregivers
Terminally Ill
Spouses
Interviews
Delivery of Health Care

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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In: Qualitative Health Research, Vol. 28, No. 3, 01.02.2018, p. 346-356.

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