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#382 Interactions between doctors and elderly-migrant patients: how they both give meaning to cultural-sensitive care

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First name Brigitte Middle name Last name Moller
Title PhD-candidate Organization / Institution University of Vienna Department Social and Cultural Anthropology
Address Roseggergasse 39/12 Postal / Zip code 1160 Country AT
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Abstract title

Interactions between doctors and elderly-migrant patients: how they both give meaning to cultural-sensitive care

Abstract text

Since the 1960s, the Netherlands have been recruiting guest-workers from Turkey to rebuild the country after the war. Consequently, in Amsterdam, people of Turkish origin are one of the largest non-EU immigrant groups. This study focusses on people with a Turkish background who are now approaching ‘old age’. The project does not presuppose the existence of ‘culture’ as an absolute entity that is ‘out there’ to be found and studied. It rather asks how ‘culture’ and ‘cultural differences’ are understood by different actors (in this case: geriatric patients and health-care staff) as a meaningful category that is implemented through health-care practices for aging migrants. An ethnographic approach at a geriatric department in a hospital in the Netherlands showed that doctors developed a ‘cultural-sensitive method’ to treat elderly people with a migrant background. Even though this method was mainly developed by doctors with a non-migrant background, the migrant elderly people defined the act of caring in their own ways. The doctors’ views on ‘calendar age’ changed since the interaction with elderly migrants. Also, the ‘expectation management’ of the doctors was reformed, because the elderly migrants often had a different set of needs and expectations than the non-migrants during consultations with the doctors when it comes to sickness, old age and treatment. In this way, the elderly Turkish migrants were shaping the forms of care-giving in the hospital. The act of caring in this hospital were constant dynamics between the elderly migrants and the health-care staff.

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Panel no. 63 - Coming of (Old) Age on Earth: Imagining Our Aging Future

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This abstract was reviewed on 2021-01-04 10:36h by danelyj

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