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Rev Lat Am Enfermagem. 2017 Apr 6;25:e2870. doi: 10.1590/1518-8345.1511.2870.

Needs of family caregivers in home care for older adults.

[Article in English, Portuguese, Spanish; Abstract available in Portuguese and Spanish from the publisher]

Author information

1
Doctoral student, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil. Scholarship holder at Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), Brazil.
2
Master's student, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.
3
Undergraduate student in Nursing, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil. Scholarship holder at Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Rio Grande do Sul (FAPERGS), Brazil.
4
PhD, Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada.
5
PhD, Associate Professor, Escola de Enfermagem, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.

Abstract

in English, Portuguese, Spanish

Objective:

to reveal the felt and normative needs of primary family caregivers when providing instrumental support to older adults enrolled in a Home Care Program in a Primary Health Service in the South of Brazil.

Methods:

using Bradshaw's taxonomy of needs to explore the caregiver's felt needs (stated needs) and normative needs (defined by professionals), a mixed exploratory study was conducted in three steps: Descriptive quantitative phase with 39 older adults and their caregiver, using a data sheet based on patient records; Qualitative exploratory phase that included 21 caregiver interviews, analyzed by content analysis; Systematic observation, using an observation guide with 16 caregivers, analyzed by descriptive statistics.

Results:

the felt needs were related to information about instrumental support activities and subjective aspects of care. Caregivers presented more normative needs related to medications care.

Conclusion:

understanding caregivers' needs allows nurses to plan interventions based on their particularities.

PMID:
28403338
PMCID:
PMC5396486
DOI:
10.1590/1518-8345.1511.2870
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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