‘The Elephant on the Table’: Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Home Health Services
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Healthcare services are increasingly being provided in the home. At the same time, these home contexts are changing as global migration has brought unprecedented diversity both in the recipients of care, and home health workers. In this paper, we present findings of a Canadian study that examined the negotiation of religious and ethnic plurality in home health. Qualitative analysis of the data from interviews and observations with 46 participants—clients, administrators, home healthcare workers—revealed how religion is expressed and ‘managed’ in home health services.
KeywordsReligion Ethnicity Homecare Diversity Ethnography
We are grateful to the home health staff, administrators, patients and families who generously participated in this study. We also extend thanks to the reviewer for their insightful comments.
This study was funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Canada (2009–2012; 410-2009-0494).
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Conflict of interest
The authors have no conflicts of interest.
All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.
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