Barriers to Family Caregivers’ Coping With Patients With Severe Mental Illness in Iran

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Ebrahimi, Hossein, Seyedfatemi, Naeimeh, Namdar Areshtanab, Hossein, Ranjbar, Fatemeh, Thornicroft, Graham, Rahmani, Farnaz and Whitehead, Bill 2018. Barriers to Family Caregivers’ Coping With Patients With Severe Mental Illness in Iran. Qualitative Health Research. 28 (6), pp. 987-1001. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732318758644
AuthorsEbrahimi, Hossein, Seyedfatemi, Naeimeh, Namdar Areshtanab, Hossein, Ranjbar, Fatemeh, Thornicroft, Graham, Rahmani, Farnaz and Whitehead, Bill
Abstract

The broad spectrum of problems caused by caring for a patient with mental illness imposes a high burden on family caregivers. This can affect how they cope with their mentally ill family members. Identifying caregivers’ experiences of barriers to coping is necessary to develop a program to help them overcome these challenges. This qualitative content analysis study explored barriers impeding family caregivers’ ability to cope with their relatives diagnosed with severe mental illness (defined here as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorders, and bipolar affective disorders). Sixteen family caregivers were recruited using purposive sampling and interviewed using a semi-structured in-depth interview method. Data were analyzed by a conventional content analytic approach. Findings consisted of four major categories: the patient’s isolation from everyday life, incomplete recovery, lack of support by the mental health care system, and stigmatization. Findings highlight the necessity of providing support for caregivers by the mental health care delivery service system.

KeywordsCoping; Family caregivers; Severe mental disorder; Qualitative research; Content analysis; Iran
Year2018
JournalQualitative Health Research
Journal citation28 (6), pp. 987-1001
ISSN10497323
15527557
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732318758644
Web address (URL)http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1049732318758644
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Publication dates24 Feb 2018
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ContributorsTabriz University of Medical Sciences, Kings College London, University of Derby, Department of Psychiatric Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran, Nursing Care Research Center. Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, Department of Psychiatric Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran, Research Center of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran, King’s College London, London, United Kingdom, University of Derby, Derby, United Kingdom and Department of Psychiatric Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
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