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Factors Related to Family Caregivers' Satisfaction With Home Care for Mental Illness in Taiwan

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jie Hu, Associate Professor (Creator)
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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: In Taiwan, family caregivers play a significant role in the treatment of mentally ill patients at home because of cultural obligations. This descriptive, cross-sectional study explored factors affecting family caregivers’ satisfaction with home care services for the mentally ill and assessed the possibility of continuous use of home care and recommendation of home care to others based on the level of satisfaction of family caregivers. Data were collected using a questionnaire completed by a convenience sample of 75 primary family caregivers of mentally ill patients. Family caregiver satisfaction was significantly associated with caregiver age, marital status, support from family members to assist the caregiver during weekdays and weekends, the amount of time spent in caregiving per week, and feelings about having a mentally ill family member at home. Caregivers who had a higher level of satisfaction with home care were twice as likely as those with lower satisfaction to use the services again when needed. Home care nurses should pay close attention to the variables that support use of home care.

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Language: English
Date: 2010
Keywords
family caregivers, home health care, mental illness, satisfaction, Taiwan, nursing