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Ulstein, Ingun Dina

Experience of companionship among family caregivers of persons with dementia: A qualitative study

We examined how caregivers experienced the influence of dementia on their relationships with afflicted family members. Family caregivers (nā€‰=ā€‰15; 11 women and four men; age 39ā€“92 years) of people with dementia participated in semi-structured interviews. The data were analyzed according to Kvale and Brinkman. The analysis identified one overarching theme, experiences of companionship, and four subthemes, namely experiences of loss and loneliness; role change; communication alteration; and caring considerations and coping resources.

Mon, 06/10/2019 - 12:00