Māori Health Research PhD Scholarship (2016 funding round)

Ms Karen Keelan
University of Otago
A qualitative investigation of experiences of aged residential care by Māori
60 months

Lay summary

At present there is a paucity of information comparing and contrasting Māori needs and preferences in Aged Residential Care (ARC). This project offers the unique opportunity to explore and examine the views of elderly Māori ARC users and their whānau around their perceptions and experiences with ARC.

Semi-structured interviews with rural and urban samples of elderly Māori and whānau from two different regions (Christchurch and Te Tairawhiti) will be conducted. Information will be collected examining pathways into ARC, factors contributing to decisions about ARC, process of reaching decisions about ARC, expectations and experience of delivery of ARC, relationship with ARC and other health care providers and perceived gaps in services. The findings from this study will make an important contribution to the creation of Māori health knowledge in this area and will be integrated to develop an evidence base for best practice in ARC facilities.

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