Article History

Received 09 January 2016
Received in revised form 26 January 2016
Accepted 28 January 2016
Available online 31 January 2016

Keywords

Psychological interventions, Level of burden, Caregivers of clients with dementia.

Effectiveness of Psychological Interventions on Level of Burden Among Caregivers of Clients With Dementia in Selected Villages, Thiruvallur District – A Pre Experimental Study

Nandhini B1, Jayanthi P2*, Ciby Jose3, Kanchana S4 and Celina D5

1M.Sc (N) Student 2011-2013 Batch, Omayal Achi College of Nursing, Chennai.

2Research Guide/Professor, Omayal Achi College of Nursing, Chennai.

3Principal, Venkateswara Nursing College, Chennai.

4Principal, Omayal Achi College of Nursing, Chennai.

5Vice Principal, Omayal Achi College of Nursing, Chennai.

*Corresponding Author: jayanthiarul2011@gmail.com   

Abstract:

Background: Caregivers play a critical role in all stages of care for persons with dementia, including diagnosis, treatment and management. Providing care for a person with dementia makes caregivers face many challenges both physically and mentally. Objective: To assess the effectiveness of psychological interventions on level of burden among caregivers of clients with dementia. Participants & Setting: 60 caregivers who were residing in Veerapuram village, Thiruvallur district, Tamil Nadu. Design: Pre-experimental one group pre-test and post-test design. Material &Methods: Samples were selected by purposive sampling technique. Caregiver’s burden was assessed by using modified burden assessment scale. Samples are divided into 4 groups and psychological interventions were provided for 15 days. Results: The total mean score in the pre test was 37.21 with SD of 2.12 and post test was 27.42 with SD of 2.47 (t = 25.009, p<0.001) which shows highly significant difference between pre and post test level of burden among caregivers of clients with dementia. Conclusion: The study concluded that psychological interventions had a significant impact on the reduction of level of burden among caregivers of clients with dementia.

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