Aspects of caregiver distress after severe head injury

Semlyen, J. K. ORCID:, 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: 22 Oct 2022 01:10
DOI: 10.1177/154596839801200202

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