Community Care of Frail Elders in Cross-cultural Settings: A Team-based Approach (2014-2015)

The purpose of this project was to describe the formal and informal caregiving arrangements and needs of East Asian (Chinese) elders who are community-residing and experiencing cognitive or physical decline and to compare these needs with a sample of South Asian (Sri Lankan) elders. The objective was to understand the unique caregiving arrangements and needs of East and South Asian families with elders who are experiencing cognitive and/or physical declines. This interdisciplinary research project aimed to develop interventions to support and optimize caregiving for older adults through a holistic understanding of the different sociopolitico-economic contexts of care delivery. Accordingly, the team developed an interdisciplinary curriculum to educate the health care workforce that is needed to provide long-term care in developing countries. The curriculum can be used for degree and nondegree programs at Duke Kunshan University and other academic settings in developing countries.

Timing

Summer 2014 – Summer 2015

Team Outcomes

Hanzhang Xu,  Jian-feng Luo, Bei Wu. 2015. Self-reported Diabetes Treatments among Chinese Adults: Comparison of Urban Residents, Migrants in Urban Settings, and Rural Residents. International Journal of Nursing Sciences 2;1.

Social Circles of Primary Caregivers (Tina Chen, first place in Duke Student Data Visualization Contest)

Visualizing Social Circles of Primary Caregivers (poster by Tina Chen)

Yuting Song, Ruth A. Anderson, Kirsten N. Corazzini, Bei Wu. 2014. Staff Characteristics and Care in Chinese Nursing Homes: A Systematic Literature Review. International Journal of Nursing Sciences 1;4: 423-436.

Southern Nursing Research Society 2015 Annual Conference Awards, February 25-28, 2015, Doctoral Student Poster Awards: second place for Hanzhang Xu, Self-reported Diabetes Education among Chinese Middle-aged and Older Adults with Diabetes: Comparison of Urban Residents, Migrants in Urban Settings, and Rural Residents.

This Team in the News

Wu, McConnell, Corazzini and Lee Receive Bass Connections Grant to Study Community Care of Frail Elders in Cross-cultural Settings

Well Connected

2015 Student Data Visualization Contest Winners

Hanzhang Xu: My Bass Connections Pathway

I’ve been on this project team for a year and will continue into the second year. We have a large group meeting every month with faculty and we have a collaboration with Chinese university hospitals.  For my dissertation I’m working to see the impact of migration and urbanization on Chinese older adults’ experiences, behaviors and health outcomes, with a specific focus on persons with diabetes. From a methodology perspective I feel like this project helped me see how to do research in another country with mixed methods. –Hanzhang Xu

See related team, Community Care of Frail Elders in Cross-cultural Settings: A Team-based Approach (2015-2016).

Themes

Faculty/Staff Team Members

Kirsten Corazzini, School of Nursing
Joanna Maselko, Duke Global Health Institute
Eleanor McConnell, School of Nursing
Truls Ostbye, School of Medicine - Community & Family Medicine*
Truls Ostbye, School of Medicine - Community & Family Medicine
Frank Sloan, Trinity - Economics
Bei Wu, School of Nursing*

Graduate Team Members

Yuzhu Li, East Asian Studies-AM
Jing Wang, Nursing-PHD
Hanzhang Xu, Nursing-PHD

Undergraduate Team Members

Jiakun Xu, Economics (AB), Global Health (AB2)
Jiaqin (Jaslyn) Zhang, Statistical Science (BS), Computer Science (BS2)

* denotes team leader

Status

Completed, Archived