Aspects of caregiver distress after severe head injury

Semlyen, J. K., Summers, S. J. and Barnes, M. P. (1998) Aspects of caregiver distress after severe head injury. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 12 (2). pp. 53-59. ISSN 1545-9683

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The caregivers of 22 severely head-injured individuals were interviewed at 6 and 12 months post injury to obtain information about the extent of their distress and to investigate the relationship between their distress and two aspects of burden: caregivers' perceptions of the head-injured person's problems and an objective assessment of functional independence. Caregivers reported high levels of distress. The factors associated with caregiver distress included the number of perceived problems at 6 months post injury, the overall level of disability, and certain aspects of functional independence at both 6 and 12 months, particularly if the person required assistance with self-care and home-based tasks. Implications for rehabilitation of both the head-injured individual and his or her caregivers are examined, especially with reference to issues surrounding return to the community.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: caregivers,functional outcome,ghq-28,head injury,newcastle independence assessment form (niaf),psychological distress
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 23 May 2016 15:02
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2020 23:40
DOI: 10.1177/154596839801200202

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