The effects of support groups on dementia caregivers: A mixed method study


KÜÇÜKGÜÇLÜ Ö., AKPINAR SÖYLEMEZ B., Yener G., IŞIK A. T.

GERIATRIC NURSING, vol.39, no.2, pp.151-156, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 39 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2017.07.008
  • Journal Name: GERIATRIC NURSING
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.151-156
  • Keywords: Support group, Dementia, Caregiver, Burden, Mix method, Caregiving, INTERVENTIONS, BURDEN, PEOPLE, INDIVIDUALS, COMMUNITY, METAANALYSIS
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

The aim of this qualitative and quantitative study was to understand the effects of support group interventions on the caregiving burden of individuals providing care for people with dementia. This study used the Caregiver Burden Inventory, and focus group interviews (18 caregivers), which were conducted using a semi-structured interview form. The initial study sample was 37 primary caregivers; however, the final analysis included 30 caregivers. The quantitative data were analyzed by paired sample t-test. The interviews being analyzed using content analysis. It was found that there was a significant decrease in the scores for total burden (p = 0.049), social burden (p = 0.008) and emotional burden (p = 0.000) after the intervention. The content analyze revealed three main themes ("having knowledge," "calming down," and "acceptance"). Overall, it was concluded that support groups are effective in reducing caregiver burden. (C) 2017 Published by Elsevier Inc.