Experiences of family caregivers of people with dementia from a Muslim migrant background in high-income countries: a systematic review and meta-synthesis

Nurunnaher Nurunnaher, Lily Xiao, Sue Gordon, Mahjabeen Ahmad

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Abstract

Background: The cultural and religious beliefs and values of family caregivers of people with dementia have a profound impact on the use of dementia care services in high-income countries. Yet, little is known about how caregivers of people with dementia from a Muslim migrant background in high-income countries perceive their caregiving journey. Aim: To synthesise findings from rigorous qualitative studies on the experiences of family caregivers of people with dementia from a Muslim migrant background in high-income countries. Methods: Meta-ethnography of qualitative studies was applied to address the aim. Five databases including MEDLINE, CINHAL, PsycINFO, Web of Science and Scopus were searched. Inclusion criteria were qualitative or mixed study design studies on family caregivers of people with dementia from a Muslim migrant background in a home care setting in high-income countries. Studies were excluded if they used a quantitative research design, were not written in English and were not original studies. Findings: In total 17 articles met the inclusion criteria and were included in the study. Meta-synthesis of the data revealed three themes from the life course intersectionality perspective: caregiving as both positive and negative experiences; factors affecting caregivers’ experiences; and coping strategies used by caregivers. Conclusion: Caregivers of people with dementia from a Muslim migrant background living in high-income countries have both positive and negative caregiving experiences. However, dementia care services were not tailored to address their care needs and expectations arising from their religious and cultural beliefs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2319-2328
Number of pages10
JournalAging and Mental Health
Volume27
Issue number12
Early online date10 Jun 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords

  • Caregiver
  • dementia
  • migrants
  • Muslims
  • systematic review

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