This study focuses on the utilization of hospice services within the Latino community. Data was collected from 16 participants through one-on-one interviews. Verbatim transcripts were examined through a combination of open coding and thematic categorization of the interviewees' responses. Participants were asked questions regarding their previous perceptions of hospice services prior to accepting the service and their current perceptions of the services. The research uncovers cultural factors that contribute to the underutilization of hospice services by this population. The findings indicate that hospice users experienced fear of accepting the services, feelings of guilt in becoming a caregiver, and denial of their loved ones diagnosis. Content analysis was used to study the recurring themes revealed in each individual interview.
|Commitee:||Koob, Jeffrey, Potts, Marilyn|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Individual & family studies|
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