Expectations, requirements, and problems of family health care workers providing home services in Turkey

Hidiroglu S., Kulbay H., Karavus M., Onsuz F.

JOURNAL OF THE PAKISTAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, vol.68, no.11, pp.1696-1698, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 68 Issue: 11
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1696-1698
  • Eskisehir Osmangazi University Affiliated: Yes


Life expectancy is increasing globally with the increase of aging populations. Care-dependent elderly and those with chronic illnesses and disabilities are increasing in numbers. Hospitalization to manage these problems lead to a heavy economic burden. Thus, the demand for home health care is rising causing a heavy workload for home workers. This study was aimed to assess problems of personnel engaged in providing home care. Data was colllected from 120 family physicians and nurses/midwives from 25 clinics. The results showed that most visits were provided for postnatal controls (69%), with only 13% provided for the elderly and disabled people despite high demands (for the elderly 73%; for those with disabilities 66%). Additionally, factors affecting workers emotionally in visits were evaluated. Difficulties and suggestions of home care workers should be considered that the quality of health care depends on the satisfaction of the care professionals as well as that of patients.