Where Are We and What Shall We Do Next? A Qualitative Study of the Quality of Home Care in Shanghai, China.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Introduction: With the increasing need for home care in Shanghai, China, it is crucial to ensure its quality. This study aimed to explore quality-related issues of home care in Shanghai, China, and identify strategies for improvement. Method: This is a descriptive qualitative study. Semistructured interviews were conducted among 27 individuals, including home care managers (n = 8), nurses (n = 10), and patients and/or their caregivers (n = 9). Colaizzi's seven-step analysis method was used to guide data analysis. Results: Three themes emerged regarding the quality of home care in China: unsatisfactory structure quality, unsatisfactory process quality, and imperfect outcome quality evaluation system. Recommended strategies for quality improvement included issuing standards for home care evaluation, refining structure quality and process quality, and establishing an outcome quality evaluation system. Conclusions: Concerns about the quality of home care in China were identified by providers and patients. More research especially studies quantifying the care quality and its influencing factors are needed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Tang, X; Chen, X; Wu, B; Ma, C; Ge, S; Sun, H; Zhou, L

Published Date

  • May 1, 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 276 - 285

PubMed ID

  • 32193999

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-7832

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1043-6596

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1043659620911965


  • eng