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Keywords:

  • Decision-making process;
  • dementia;
  • nursing home placement;
  • traditional Chinese filial piety

PURPOSE.  To understand the process and difficulties that Chinese family caregivers experience when making a nursing home placement decision for their loved ones with dementia.

DESIGN AND METHODS.  Using a grounded theory approach, data were collected through individual interviews with 30 Chinese family caregivers in Taiwan.

FINDINGS.  A stage-based framework was generated that described how caregivers went through the decision-making process, what specific challenges they encountered within the process, and how they overcame difficulties to reach their decisions.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS.  By identifying the stages of the decision-making process and various challenges that caregivers experience, clinicians can enhance discussions with caregivers to decrease the decision-making burden. Clinicians might develop family-centered interventions for the decision-making process through the post-placement stage while taking into account cultural influences.