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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/152642
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Symptom-Initiated Self Care Among Informal Elderly Caregivers
Abstract:
Symptom-Initiated Self Care Among Informal Elderly Caregivers
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2002
Conference Date:July, 2002
Author:Lu, Yueh-Feng
P.I. Institution Name:Wright State University
Title:Assistant Professor
The purpose of this study was to examine on the self-care patterns among older adults providing informal care to dementia relatives. Informal elderly caregivers (N=99, female=73, male=26) were recruited from the University Alzheimer Center's caregiver registry. A mail survey of informal elderly caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease or serious memory problems and a correlational, cross-sectional design were used in this study. The presence of symptoms was measured by the 36-item symptom checklist. Self-care patterns response to symptoms were measured using the Self-Care Behavior Response Symptoms Questionnaires. Our findings showed that elderly caregivers reported 1,051 symptom episodes in the four months prior. The mean number of symptoms reported was 10.5 (median=10.0, SD=6.1). The most frequently occurring symptoms was waking up with stiff or aching joints or muscles, feeling depressed, and pain or swelling in any joint. The most common self-care pattern response to symptoms was to use previously prescribed medication, to take no action at all, or to use home and over-the-counter remedies. All presence of symptoms-initiated self care behavior increase with high levels of caregiving stress and depression. Findings showed that caregiving stress has direct effect on depression and the presence of symptoms-initiated self-care behavior. In future research, it will be worthwhile to focus on the rationale for initiating self-care behavior in various symptoms and to determine the appropriate symptom-initiated self care in future research efforts.

Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
Jul-2002
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleSymptom-Initiated Self Care Among Informal Elderly Caregiversen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/152642-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Symptom-Initiated Self Care Among Informal Elderly Caregivers</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2002</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">July, 2002</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Lu, Yueh-Feng</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Wright State University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">Yvonne.Lu@wright.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">The purpose of this study was to examine on the self-care patterns among older adults providing informal care to dementia relatives. Informal elderly caregivers (N=99, female=73, male=26) were recruited from the University Alzheimer Center's caregiver registry. A mail survey of informal elderly caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease or serious memory problems and a correlational, cross-sectional design were used in this study. The presence of symptoms was measured by the 36-item symptom checklist. Self-care patterns response to symptoms were measured using the Self-Care Behavior Response Symptoms Questionnaires. Our findings showed that elderly caregivers reported 1,051 symptom episodes in the four months prior. The mean number of symptoms reported was 10.5 (median=10.0, SD=6.1). The most frequently occurring symptoms was waking up with stiff or aching joints or muscles, feeling depressed, and pain or swelling in any joint. The most common self-care pattern response to symptoms was to use previously prescribed medication, to take no action at all, or to use home and over-the-counter remedies. All presence of symptoms-initiated self care behavior increase with high levels of caregiving stress and depression. Findings showed that caregiving stress has direct effect on depression and the presence of symptoms-initiated self-care behavior. In future research, it will be worthwhile to focus on the rationale for initiating self-care behavior in various symptoms and to determine the appropriate symptom-initiated self care in future research efforts.<br/><br/></td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:44:02Z-
dc.date.issued2002-07en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:44:02Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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