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Using meta-ethnography to understand the emotional impact of caring for people with increasing cognitive impairment

The majority of people with degenerative neurological conditions are cared for within their own families. Cognitive impairment can be a significant and increasing symptom of these conditions. In this article we report how a team of experienced researchers carried out a meta-ethnography of qualitative research articles focusing on the impact of caring for a loved one with cognitive impairment. We followed the seven-step process outlined by Noblit and Hare. Synthesized findings from 31 papers suggest emotional impact is complex and uncertain and varies from day to day. The benefit of using meta-ethnography is that the results represent a larger sample size and a reinterpretation of multiple studies can hold greater application for practice. The results of this study offer an opportunity for nurses to be aware of both the positive and negative sides of caring and being cared for. This knowledge can be used to discuss with patients and carers how best to prepare for decreasing cognition and still maintain a worthwhile quality of life.

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Additional Titles
Nurs Health Sci

Key Information

Type of Reference
Jour
ISBN/ISSN
1441-0745
Resource Database
Hmic
Publication Year
2013
Issue Number
1
Volume Number
15
Start Page
113-123
Language
English