Skip to main content

Canadian informal caregivers in medical tourism

Resource type
Thesis type
(Thesis) M.A.
Date created
When Canadians travel abroad to obtain private, self-funded medical care, they are engaged in medical tourism. Canadians who travel abroad for surgery are often accompanied by friends or family members. These informal caregivers, who I refer to as caregiver-companions, provide essential physical and emotional support to Canadian medical tourists. Centered on interviews with caregiver-companions themselves, this thesis sheds light on their experiences of the emerging medical tourism industry. This thesis consists of three analyses: 1) a methodological analysis that describes how multi-dataset triangulation was used to learn about caregiver-companions, 2) an analysis of caregiver-companions’ narratives using an ethics of care framework and the landscapes of care literature, and 3) an analysis examining the practical resources and supports that might benefit caregiver-companions. Taken together, these three strands of research provide insight into the experiences of Canadian informal caregivers in medical tourism, and the complex, transnational care that they provide.
Copyright statement
Copyright is held by the author.
This thesis may be printed or downloaded for non-commercial research and scholarly purposes.
Scholarly level
Supervisor or Senior Supervisor
Thesis advisor: Crooks, Valorie A.
Member of collection
Download file Size
etd9135_RWhitmore.pdf 1.01 MB

Views & downloads - as of June 2023

Views: 0
Downloads: 0