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British nursing index bni - exported on 8/7/2016

Community care for people with disability: blurring boundaries between formal and informal caregivers

Health care for individuals with disability is increasingly shifting from institutional settings to the "community," with assistance by those in the formal sector. In this article, the authors examine 5 case studies illustrating interactions and relationships between people with disability and their caregivers, using qualitative data collected as part of a community study of disability conducted in a medium-sized city in the northeastern United States.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:21

Informal carers of cancer patients: what are their unmet psychological needs?

This paper considers the significant unmet psychosocial needs of the informal carers of cancer patients, drawing on data generated in a 3-year UK study (1997–2000) on the psychosocial needs of cancer patients and their main carers. While the needs of the carers of cancer patients are increasingly being recognised in healthcare policy documents, there is relatively little published literature on these needs. A ‘significant unmet need’ is defined here as a need deemed important by the carer, but which has not been met.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:21

Accessing mental health services for older people in rural South Australia

Mental healthcare for older people is primarily delivered in the community with informal carers, usually family providing much of this. Older people often require input from a range of services across sectors. In Australia, the different funding and governance structures of these services makes for a complex landscape for older people, their families and mental health workers to navigate. As many people now care into later life, the consequences of not getting the required support include the potential for increased carer burden and reduced capacity to fulfil caring tasks.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:21

In-hospital informal caregivers' needs as perceived by themselves and by the nursing staff in Northern Greece: A descriptive study

Background: Informal care is common in many countries, especially in Greece, where families provide care in hospitals. Health education and informational needs are important factors for family members which are often underestimated by nursing staff. The aim of this study was to compare the perceptions of the nurses and the in-hospital informal caregivers about the in-hospital informal caregivers' knowledge and informational needs, as well as the factors that influence these perceptions.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:20

What knowledge and skills do caregivers need?

Caregivers need certain knowledge and skills both to provide the best possible care and to protect their own well-being.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:20

The unmet spiritual needs of caregivers of patients with advanced cancer

Approximately 1,500 people a day die of cancer. Most are cared for by an informal caregiver. The purpose of this study was to identify the unmet spiritual needs of informal caregivers and explore the relationships between the patient's symptom distress, caregivers' unmet needs, and caregivers' depressive symptomatology at the time of admission to hospice. The sample consisted of 110 caregivers of hospice home care patients with cancer. The Spiritual Needs Inventory and Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale were administered to caregivers of newly admitted patients.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:20

Adjusting to the caregiving role: the importance of coping and support

Background: Although informal end-of-life care is associated with significant physical and psychological morbidity for caregivers, few interventions have been developed to meet these needs. This study aimed to identify existing coping and support mechanisms among informal cancer caregivers in order to inform intervention development.

Method: One-to-one semi-structured qualitative interviews were undertaken with 20 informal cancer caregivers of home palliative care patients.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:20

Where have all the carers gone?

In the first article of this new section, actuarial expert Robert Plumb looks in more depth at the topical issue of the future of long-term care.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:20

Commentary on Jarvis A, Worth A and Porter M (2006). The experience of caring for someone over 75 years of age: results from a Scottish General Practice population. Journal of Clinical Nursing 15, 1450-1459

Commentary on research by Jarvis et al. about the needs and experiences of informal carers of older people, commenting on the research instruments used and interpretation of carers' responses. A response from the original authors is included. [(BNI unique abstract)] 

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:20

The reluctant carer

Reflections by an HIV clinical nurse specialist on family members who perform the role of informal carers only reluctantly. A case study of an elderly HIV-positive patient who refuses to adhere to treatment or advice, looked after by his elderly sister, is used to illustrate the problems involved. [(BNI unique abstract)] 

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:20

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