Present and past carers' health: Some considerations

Scuffham, PA, Synnott, R, Turkstra, E and Hegney, D (2010) Present and past carers' health: Some considerations. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 16 6: 609-615. doi:10.1111/j.1440-172X.2010.01889.x

Author Scuffham, PA
Synnott, R
Turkstra, E
Hegney, D
Title Present and past carers' health: Some considerations
Journal name International Journal of Nursing Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1322-7114
Publication date 2010-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2010.01889.x
Volume 16
Issue 6
Start page 609
End page 615
Total pages 7
Place of publication Richmond, Vic., Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Formatted abstract
We sought to examine the mental and physical health and health-related quality of life of current and past carers compared to non-carers, using two instruments-the Short Form-12 (SF-12) and the EuroQol 5-dimension (EQ-5D). A total of 249 participants (34 current carers, 14 previous carers, 197 non-carers, 4 non-respondents) completed a baseline self-report survey at randomization into the larger study. Previous carers demonstrated moderate to severe anxiety or depressive symptoms measured with the EQ-5D (P < 0.001), reported on the SF-12 that they accomplished less because of emotional problems (P = 0.01) and more likely to have 'felt down' (P = 0.01) and used more health-care services than current or non-carers. Current carers tended towards a higher level of emotional problems and limitations to mobility than non-carers. This study indicates major differences in the well-being of these three cohorts. Health practitioners should pay particular attention to the mental health and health related quality of life of previous carers.
© 2010 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
Keyword Carer
Psychological distress
Quality of life
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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