The aim of the present study was to analyse caregivers' perceptions and opinions concerning medical information and advance directives. Fifty-one subjects (mean age 63.07±12.2) were enrolled and filled in some questionnaires: the Family Strain Questionnaire (FSQ), the SF-12 and a specifically assembled questionnaire which we named Communication and Consent (CCQ). Correlations were found between FSQ factors, which refer to caregiving-related problems, and SF-12, which refers to the self-perception of mental and physical health. The subjects who resulted emotionally distressed referred to care for more critical patients and that they had not received sufficient attention by physician at the time of diagnosis. Self-determination and decision-making resulted inversely correlated to caregivers' age and education. In general, caregiver's role itself influences attitudes towards medical information and advanced directives. The study also indicates that health professionals have to pay more attention to the relationship than they use to do, trying to understand which kind of emotional sound a technical term may produce for the patients and their caregivers.
|Translated title of the contribution||Perception and opinions on the right of choice in medical field: What caregivers teach us on the communication|
|Journal||Giornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia|
|Issue number||3 SUPPL. B|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2008|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health