Paper $65.95 ISBN: 9789052603056 Published June 2008 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Home Nursing in Europe

Patterns of Professionalisation and Institutionalisation of Home Care and Family Care to Elderly People in Denmark, France, the Netherlands and Germany

Hannerieke van der Boom

Home Nursing in Europe
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Hannerieke van der Boom

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352 pages | 6 7/9 x 9 1/2 | © 2008
Paper $65.95 ISBN: 9789052603056 Published June 2008 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
The increase in the number and life expectancy of elderly people is a general trend across Europe. Each country responds differently to the consequent change in the demand for elderly care, due to differences in their socio-cultural, political and historical backgrounds. This book describes the different patterns of caregiving to frail elderly people in Denmark, France, the Netherlands and Germany. For each country, characteristic features of professional and informal elderly care are described, thereby specifically focussing on the domain and profession of home nursing. In order to find explanations and backgrounds for the differences in home nursing in these four countries, these are described from a broad sociological and cultural perspective. Specific developments and problems in home care and informal care are related to differences between countries in the relations between health care professions and health care sectors, structures and ways of financing of health care systems, the role of the family in caregiving to elderly people, and in social, cultural and political norms and values regarding health and illness. This way, insight is gained into country-specific pat-terns of provision and differences in socio-cultural views on how adequate care for vulnerable elderly people should be arranged.
1. A comparative and contextual perspective on home nursing in Europe
2. Theoretical perspectives on profession and home nursing: Perspectives in the sociology of professions
3. Overview chapter on home care provision, health care systems and demographic characteristics of the four countries
4. The home nursing domain in Denmark: The generalist nurse and community-based welfare state provision of integrated elderly care
5. Home nursing in France: A weak domain in-between the state, the medical and hospital domain and the family
6. Home nursing in the Netherlands: Changes in health care and society affecting the character of the home nursing profession
7. Home nursing in Germany: A medically oriented health care system and strong reliance on the family
8. Conclusion and discussion: The home nursing domain and profession from a comparative and contextual perspective

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