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Int J Soc Psychiatry. 2011 Mar;57(2):180-94. doi: 10.1177/0020764009347334. Epub 2010 Feb 16.

A qualitative study on the needs of caregivers of inpatients with schizophrenia in India.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatric Social Work, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India. jaganaarti@gmail.com

Abstract

AIM:

To explore the needs of caregivers of inpatients with schizophrenia in India.

MATERIAL:

Thirty caregivers of inpatients with schizophrenia participated in five focus group discussions (FGD), where the needs of the caregivers were discussed. The FGDs were recorded, transcribed and similar needs were grouped and ranked according to their order of importance.

DISCUSSION:

The main needs that emerged were regarding: managing the behaviour of patients; managing social-vocational problems of patients; health issues of caregivers; education about schizophrenia; rehabilitation; and managing sexual and marital problems of patients.

CONCLUSION:

This study has identified additional needs of caregivers from those found in other studies.

PMID:
20159934
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