Undergoing neuromotor rehabilitation "Vorrei regalargli la mia vita": Risultati di un progetto di supporto psicologico ai caregiver di pazienti in riabilitazione neuromotoria

Translated title of the contribution: A "I offer you my life as a gift": Results of a psychological support intervention to caregivers of patients

L. Moroni, M. Colangelo, M. Gallì, G. Bertolotti

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Abstract

A large proportion of patients hospitalised for severe neuromotor disorders are supported during the in-hospital rehabilitation program by family members. To target interventions of psychological support for these caregivers it can be of help to identify the causes of caregiver burden or specific needs. Anxiety and depression are common in caregivers and constitute, together with emotional distress caused by loneliness and reduced social activities, an important part of the caregiving burden. This paper presents results emerging from a clinical intervention of psychological support offered to caregivers of neuromotor patients, mainly post-stroke, who were undergoing a course of in-hospital rehabilitation. A psychometric assessment was carried out on a sample of 50 caregivers, spouses or children, at the beginning and end of the in-hospital rehabilitation period. The following questionnaires were used: the Revised Anxiety and Depression Scale (RADS), measuring anxiety and depression, the Caregiver Need Assessment (CNA), assessing needs related to the assisted patient, and the Family Strain Questionnaire (FSQ) for a broader assessment of the problems faced by caregivers. The Functional Independence Measure (FIM) was completed by the medical doctor. A significant reduction was found, between the beginning and end of the rehabilitation period, in the needs related to patient care on the CNA (p

Translated title of the contributionA "I offer you my life as a gift": Results of a psychological support intervention to caregivers of patients
Original languageItalian
JournalGiornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia
Volume29
Issue number3 SUPPL. B
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Rehabilitation

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