Experiences of family caregivers of patients with bipolar disorder

Shamsaei, F, Kermanshahi, SMK, Vanaki, Z, Hajizadeh, E and Hayatbakhsh, MR (2010) Experiences of family caregivers of patients with bipolar disorder. Asia-Pacific Psychiatry, 2 4: 201-207. doi:10.1111/j.1758-5872.2010.00092.x

Author Shamsaei, F
Kermanshahi, SMK
Vanaki, Z
Hajizadeh, E
Hayatbakhsh, MR
Title Experiences of family caregivers of patients with bipolar disorder
Journal name Asia-Pacific Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1758-5864
Publication date 2010-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1758-5872.2010.00092.x
Volume 2
Issue 4
Start page 201
End page 207
Total pages 7
Place of publication Richmond, Vic., Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Introduction: Attention to caregiving consequences has been mainly restricted to bipolar disorder, although studies suggest that relatives of bipolar patients also experience considerable distress. The purpose of this study was to explore the lived experiences of family member caregivers of bipolar disorder patients.
Methods: In a qualitative research of phenomenological methodology, family member caregivers of bipolar disorder patients in Farshchian Psychiatric Hospital in Hamedan (Iran) were selected by purposive sampling in the year 2010. By reaching data saturation, the number of participants was 12. Data were gathered through in-depth interviews and analyzed by van Manen method.
Results: Analysis of the interviews revealed six major themes: fears and anxiety for the future, psychosomatic impact, feeling isolated and loneliness, financial impact, change in lifestyle and family functioning, and lack of support and knowledge.
Discussion: This study highlights the need for family-oriented mental health services to be developed and for further research to identify the specific nursing interventions that are effective in helping to sustain family caregiving.
© 2010 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
Keyword Bipolar disorder
Family member caregiver
Lived experience
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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