The psychosocial impact of care-giving on the family caregivers of chronically ill AIDS/HIV patients in home based care

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dc.contributor.author Mujuru, Natsayi Geraldine
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-22T07:11:20Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-22T07:11:20Z
dc.date.issued 2010-09-22
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/8756
dc.description MMed (Family Medicine), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand en_US
dc.description.abstract The family care-giver has a pivotal role to play in the management of the chronically ill HIV/AIDS patient. The well being of the care giver is therefore crucial since impairment of their physical or mental health could impact negatively on the management of the HIV patients. Aim The purpose of this qualitative study was to find out the psychosocial impact of care-giving on the family care-giver of the chronically ill HIV/AIDS patient in home based care. Methodology In-depth, tape recorded, unstructured interviews were conducted on eleven care-givers recruited at an adult HIV clinic at United Bulawayo Hospitals, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Relevant demographic data was collected from each participant. The interviews were then transcribed before analysis of the data was done. Results The care-givers biggest challenge was meeting care costs such as food, transport and medical expenses. Certain conditions relating to the care-recipients‟ health and family issues such as abandonment of the ill patient and orphans added to the burden of care. Carers also had health and physical factors that impacted on their psychosocial well being. All these issues resulted in a spectrum of emotions such as helplessness, sadness, anxiety and anger but despite this the carers still reported on positive aspects of their care-giving role. Conclusion Care-giving impacted negatively on the care-givers‟ psychosocial well being but there were also positive aspects to the role. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject psychological aspects en_US
dc.subject social aspects en_US
dc.subject AIDS/HIV patients en_US
dc.subject home nursing en_US
dc.title The psychosocial impact of care-giving on the family caregivers of chronically ill AIDS/HIV patients in home based care en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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