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Evid Based Nurs 1:62 doi:10.1136/ebn.1.2.62
  • Qualitative

Environmental issues affected women's caring

Objective

To provide an exploratory theory of women's caring within the larger sociopolitical environment.

Design

Feminist grounded theory.

Setting

Rural and urban areas of a province in eastern Canada.

Patients

21 women who were caring for well, physically or mentally handicapped, acute and chronically ill selves, partners, children, or other family members were studied. Women from diverse socioeconomic situations, cultures, sexual orientations, educational backgrounds, and abilities were included.

Methods

Data were collected using individual or group interviews, participant observation at self help groups and health information sessions, and previous interviews with parents.

Main results

The most difficult feature of caring was the competing and changing demands from themselves and others. Women managed the demands using a dynamic process named precarious ordering that involved moving …

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