Thursday, July 22, 2004
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Thursday, July 22, 2004
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
This presentation is part of : Posters I
The Experiences of Receiving Family Caregiving From the Perceptions of People Living With HIV/AIDS
Naengnoi Yanwaree, RN, PhD1, Warunee Fongkaew, RN, PhD2, Wichit Srisuphan, RN, DrPH2, and Wilawan Senaratana, RN, MSN2. (1) School of Nursing, Walailak University, Tasala District, Nakorn Si Thamma, Thailand, (2) Faculty of Nursing, Chiangmai University, Chiangmai, Thailand
Learning Objective #1: n/a
Learning Objective #2: n/a

Background: At present, most of the care provided for PLWAs is given by family caregivers. Hence, the experiences of receiving care from the family and the needs for family caregiving as perceived by PLWAs are important and should be known in order to provide the appropriate care for PLWAs or the care as needed by PLWAs.

Purpose: To provide a description of the lived experiences of PLWAs in receiving care from their family members.

Design: A qualitative study was conducted using Husserlian Descriptive Phenomenology.

Sample and Method: Fourteen informants were PLWAs who lived with their family members in Chiang Mai province were recruited by the method of purposive sampling and snowball technique. Data were collected through in-depth interviews after establishing rapport. The interviews were tape recorded and transcribed verbatim. Data were analyzed using the Colaizzi’s method.

Finding: Three major themes emerged from the data include: (a) caring, (b) roles of family members, and (c) lengthening life. For the first theme, family caregiving is “Caring”. The caring could be shown through receiving the willpower and needs of psychological support. Secondly, the informants attributed the care providing by their family members to the “Roles of the members”. These roles could be divided into 2 categories: the self-devotion of family members and the caregiving due to duty. The last theme, caregiving is “Lengthening life”. It refers to the family care could prolong the informants’ life. This meaning of care includes the essentials for long life and the supporting for survival.

Conclusion and Implication: The ways of disseminating information about HIV and AIDS should be improved in order that PLWAs and their family members can apply the knowledge to practice in their lives. The exploration of psychological and spiritual care among people living with HIV/AIDS should be further studied.

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