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Exploring the Psychosocial Palliative Care Giving Position Associated with Kanye Home Based Care Programme

Simon M Kang'ethe
Botswana Notes and Records
Vol. 42 (2010), pp. 112-120
Published by: Botswana Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23237976
Page Count: 9
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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to explore the psychosocial challenges and bottlenecks faced by the primary caregivers of Kanye Community Home Based Care (CHBC) programme. The study was descriptive and explorative in nature and qualitative in design; and used convenience sampling methodologies for sample selection. The study conducted in December 2005 and January 2006 involved 82 registered primary caregivers in ten focus group discussions, and all five CHBC nurses in the programme were engaged in one to one interviews. Participant observation was also used. The study found many aspects of psychosocial support in disarray: inadequate support from friends, family members and relatives; inadequate nutritional support; inadequate care package; inadequate counselling; inadequate supervision; lack of caregivers support groups and unsatisfactory services of the social workers. It is recommended that the programme put in place a conducive atmosphere to improve all the psychosocial challenges indicated above.

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