Title

Neurological patient and informal caregiver quality of life, and caregiver burden: A cross-sectional study of postdischarge community neurological nursing recipients

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Contemporary Nurse

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

School

School of Nursing and Midwifery

RAS ID

52135

Comments

Pugh, J. D., McCoy, K., Williams, A. M., Pienaar, C. A., Bentley, B., & Monterosso, L. (2022). Neurological patient and informal caregiver quality of life, and caregiver burden: A cross-sectional study of postdischarge community neurological nursing recipients. Contemporary Nurse. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/10376178.2022.2086892

Abstract

Background: Neurological conditions produce considerable disease burden. Aims: To describe quality of life in patients with neurological conditions and informal caregivers receiving postdischarge generic community neurological nursing services, and caregiver burden. Method: A descriptive cross-sectional design was used with researchers administering the WHOQOL-BREF Australian Version questionnaire and Zarit Burden Interview. Results: Most patients and caregivers rated quality of life as ‘Good’. The patients’ physical, psychological and environment domain scores, and caregivers’ physical domain scores, were below norms. Half of the caregivers experienced burden and 42% had risk for depression. Conclusion: A heterogeneous group of patients with neurological conditions had considerable care and support needs for fundamental functioning postdischarge. Quality of life and caregiver burden measures highlight the impact of their circumstances on their health and wellbeing. Research is warranted to determine a comprehensive set of generic needs to guide integrated community nursing services for building patient and caregiver self-management capacity.

DOI

10.1080/10376178.2022.2086892

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