Factors affecting psychological problems in primary caregivers of People with Multiple Sclerosis: a qualitative study

  • Bita Sadeghi Department of Community Health Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, IR Iran.
  • Fatemeh Estebsari Department of Community Health Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, IR Iran.
  • Maryam Rassouli Cancer Research Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, IR Iran.
  • Abbas Ebadi Behavioral Sciences Research Center, Life style institute, Nursing Faculty, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, IR Iran.

Abstract

Objectives: The present research aimed to explore factors affecting psychological problems among primary caregivers of individuals with Multiple Sclerosis (PCIMS).
Methods: The present qualitative research employed a content analysis approach and was conducted in Isfahan, Iran in 2018-19. The participants were selected through purposive sampling method. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to explore psychological problems involved in providing care to MS patients and the factors affecting them with 8 patients, 10 caregivers and 3 healthcare providers. Conventional content analysis was used to analyze the data.
Results: The acquired data were put in 4 main categories of “isolation and loneliness”, “caregiver’s concerns”, “frustration and hopelessness” and “Disruption in the family foundation”, each with certain sub-categories.
Conclusion: The present results can be helpful to manage psychological disorders and the underlying factors of PCIMS. Thus, healthcare providers and policy-makers should consider these areas and make special attempts to improve the performance and conditions of these caregivers to maximize the quality of care provided.
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Published
2020-12-26
How to Cite
SADEGHI, Bita et al. Factors affecting psychological problems in primary caregivers of People with Multiple Sclerosis: a qualitative study. Journal of Contemporary Medical Sciences, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 6, dec. 2020. ISSN 2413-0516. Available at: <http://www.jocms.org/index.php/jcms/article/view/846>. Date accessed: 25 feb. 2021. doi: https://doi.org/10.22317/jcms.v6i6.846.