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Religious Influences on the Experience of Family Carers of People with Dementia in a British Pakistani Muslim Community

KEVERN, Peter, LAWRENCE, Dawn, NAZIR, Nargis and TSAROUCHA, Anna (2022) Religious Influences on the Experience of Family Carers of People with Dementia in a British Pakistani Muslim Community. Healthcare, 11. ISSN 2227-9032

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This paper reports on a study that begins to address the paucity of research around the religious motivations of Muslim carers of family members with dementia. Seven carers were recruited for interviews from the British Pakistani Muslim community concentrated in the Midlands and North of England. Interview transcripts were analysed thematically using an iterative collaborative methodology. The findings suggested that the Muslim faith plays a pivotal role as a support mechanism for individual carers and their families, but the wider faith community and its leaders did not typically offer support and could impede access to external care. This was a result of cultural pressure and lack of awareness both among religious leaders and the community as a whole. The study concluded that the inequality in access to dementia services may be constructively ad-dressed if service providers engage with these faith concerns in the community and religious leaders to meet the needs of Muslims of British Pakistani origin.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: School of Health and Social Care > Social Work and Social Welfare
Depositing User: Peter KEVERN
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2023 10:10
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 14:04

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