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Perception of social support among family caregivers of vegetative patients: A qualitative study

(2016) Perception of social support among family caregivers of vegetative patients: A qualitative study. Consciousness and Cognition. pp. 150-158. ISSN 1053-8100

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Abstract

A vegetative state (VS) is the probable result after brain damage. After VS patients are discharged from the hospital, the responsibility of caring of them is transferred to their families, which impacts a caregiver's physical and psychological health. Social support as a valuable resource reduces the negative effects of stressful events. This study aimed to explore the perception of social support among family caregivers of VS patients. This study is a part of a larger qualitative study which used the descriptive and qualitative method. Purposeful and theoretical sampling was done, and data was gathered through face-to-face, in-depth interviews. The four categories of "Family, a supporter in all aspects," "Beautiful emanation of the nurse's role," "Revitalization via empathy and companionship," and "Defects in support," were extracted. The primary concern of participants was receiving social support which can facilitate caregiving and coping with difficulties, but there are many shortcomings in supporting these caregivers. (C) 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Family caregivers Social support Vegetative state Qualitative study minimally conscious state mental-illness of-life needs burden health disorders care people Psychology
Page Range: pp. 150-158
Journal or Publication Title: Consciousness and Cognition
Journal Index: ISI
Volume: 41
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.concog.2016.02.015
ISSN: 1053-8100
Depositing User: مهندس مهدی شریفی
URI: http://eprints.rums.ac.ir/id/eprint/4500

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