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Support needs of family caregivers of people who experience mental illness and the role of mental health services

Family caregivers are an irreplaceable resource for the mental health services system and the pillars on which the system currently rests. Addressing the needs of these caregivers is therefore crucial for the survival of the system. This paper will present findings from a qualitative study that aimed to explore the experiences and needs of family caregivers who relatives were at various stages of recovery from mental illness. Participants for the study were members of carer support groups as well as non-member caregivers from various regions of Sydney, Australia.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:13

Home or hospital? an evaluation of the costs, preferences, and outcomes of domiciliary chemotherapy

This study compares the costs and outcomes of domiciliary and hospital-based chemotherapy, using a prospective randomized cross-over design. Eighty-seven eligible patients were recruited from oncology services at two metropolitan hospitals in Sydney, Australia. Forty patients completed study evaluation requirements, having two months of chemotherapy in each location (home and hospital). The domiciliary service was staffed by hospital-based oncology nurses. Marginal costs of domiciliary treatment over hospital treatment were estimated from the health service perspective.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09