Co-production between family caregivers and home care professionals: The case of Buurtzorg in the Netherlands and China

FRIJTERS, D.W. (2017) Co-production between family caregivers and home care professionals: The case of Buurtzorg in the Netherlands and China.

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Abstract:This study aimed to give an understanding of how the home care organisation Buurtzorg has been co-producing elderly care with informal family caregivers in the Netherlands and in China. Three aspects of Buurtzorg’s approach to co-production with informal family caregivers have been analysed. The extent to which the Buurtzorg concept of integrating the family (as a part of the patients’ surroundings) into the provision of care can be seen in practice in the Netherlands and in China, whether this co-production adheres to principles for co-production and to what extent the cultural context has played a role in the difference between Buurtzorg’s approach towards informal family caregivers in the Netherlands and China. An analysis of the theory and contexts combined with qualitative interviews with relevant Buurtzorg actors came to the following results. In the Netherlands, the Buurtzorg concept of integrating the family into the care is seen in practice and the co-production with these informal family caregivers adheres to principles for effective coproduction. In China, this concept is less visible and the co-production with informal family caregivers adheres less to principles for effective co-production. So far, the cultural context has played a decisive role in forming the Buurtzorg approach towards informal family caregivers in China.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Public Administration BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/73031
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