Assessment of distress and burden in Australian private psychiatric inpatients

Page, A., Hooke, G., O'Brien, N. and de Felice, N. (2006) Assessment of distress and burden in Australian private psychiatric inpatients. Australasian Psychiatry, 14 3: 285-290. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1665.2006.02293.x

Author Page, A.
Hooke, G.
O'Brien, N.
de Felice, N.
Title Assessment of distress and burden in Australian private psychiatric inpatients
Journal name Australasian Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1039-8562
Publication date 2006-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1665.2006.02293.x
Volume 14
Issue 3
Start page 285
End page 290
Total pages 6
Place of publication Carlton, VIC
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Language eng
Subject 321200 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract OBJECTIVES: The study aimed to examine (i) the extent of the objective and subjective burden of care experienced by carers of individuals attending Australian private psychiatric hospitals, (ii) the degree to which a carer's distress was influenced by the patient's symptoms and the burden of care experienced. METHODS: A group of 135 inpatient-carer dyads, for inpatients who attended three Australian private psychiatric clinics, completed measures of distress (Depression Anxiety Stress Scales) and caregiver burden (Burden Assessment Scale; BAS) during an inpatient admission to a private psychiatric hospital. RESULTS: The level of burden reported by carers was comparable with overseas data. Factor analysis was used to identify the key dimensions of the BAS. The chief concerns of carers related to worries about the patient and disruption to activities. CONCLUSION: The burden experienced by carers needs to be recognized and addressed to ensure that they are able to continue to provide the care and support required by psychiatric inpatients. Present data are discussed in terms of the best way to support the carers of psychiatric inpatients.
Keyword Affect
Cost of Illness
Depressive Disorder, Major/ diagnosis/psychology/ rehabilitation
Factor Analysis, Statistical
Hospitals, Private
Hospitals, Psychiatric
Middle Aged
Severity of Illness Index
Q-Index Code C1

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