Environmental Barriers Faced by Caregivers Caring for Adults with Terminal Illnesses


  • Husna Ahmad Ainuddin
  • Siti Norehan Ab Ghani
  • Akehsan Dahlan
  • Mohd Suleiman Murad




Caring for a patient at the end of their life can be highly demanding and becomes a challenge for caregivers. The participants were recruited using a convenience sampling of ten caregivers who provided the most care to an adult with a terminal illness. All interviews were recorded, transcribed verbatim and analyzed using the six steps of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). The findings showed that the environmental barriers caregivers had recognized were transportation, insufficient material resources, and remote home facilities. By acknowledging these barriers, healthcare professionals can design and implement therapeutic environments that are clinically relevant toward those most in need.

© 2016. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).

Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.

Keywords: Environmental barriers; terminal illness; adult; caregiver


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How to Cite

Ahmad Ainuddin, H., Ab Ghani, S. N., Dahlan, A., & Murad, M. S. (2016). Environmental Barriers Faced by Caregivers Caring for Adults with Terminal Illnesses. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 1(3), 142-149. https://doi.org/10.21834/e-bpj.v1i3.359

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