Collaborative Approaches to Promote Family Caregiving for Thai-Muslim Older Adults

Pajongsil Perngmark, Nurma Waebuesa, Eleanor Holroyd

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This action research study aimed to develop, implement and evaluate the feasibility of an Islamic-based intervention program that included three main Islamic tenets and concept of family collaboration to promote comprehensive homebound care for Thai-Muslim older adults in southern Thailand. Using action research cycles, interviews with five dyads of healthcare recipients (Thai-Muslim older adults and their family primary caregivers) and with seven Thai-Muslim healthcare professionals (five clinical nurses, a physician and a pharmacist) were undertaken alongside participant observations. Inadequate knowledge, insufficient skills, low family involvement, poor negotiation skills, and the need for better integration of Islamic doctrines were identified. Satisfaction was expressed with the program components and activities, with a qualitative audit data revealed that family primary caregivers felt that they had gained more self-confidence, increased their caregiving knowledge and improved their skills. All stakeholders expressed a desire to further engage and maintain this collaborative program. Engaging with Islamic doctrines and concepts of family collaboration support improvements in homebound care for Muslim older adults. Using on core values of Islamic moral belief systems provides an important and culturally sensitized framework for engaging healthcare providers and family members in the Muslim older adults’ comprehensive homebound care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-29
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Holistic Nursing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Thai-Muslim
  • action research
  • family collaboration
  • homebound care
  • islamic doctrine
  • older adults


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