Meaning of Health from the Perspective of Family Member Caregiving to Patients with Bipolar Disorder - Journal of Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences
Volume 22, Number 90 (July 2012)                   J Mazandaran Univ Med Sci 2012, 22(90): 52-65 | Back to browse issues page


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Shamsaei F, Mohamad khan Kermanshahi S, Vanaki Z. Meaning of Health from the Perspective of Family Member Caregiving to Patients with Bipolar Disorder. J Mazandaran Univ Med Sci. 2012; 22 (90) :52-65
URL: http://jmums.mazums.ac.ir/article-1-1162-en.html

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Background and purpose: Bipolar disorder (BD) is a severe illness that has serious impacts on the lives of such patients and their families. Today families of individuals with BD are actively involved in providing care to their loved ones. Therefore, successful management of these patients relies significantly on the health of caregivers. The aim of this study was to explore the meaning of health according to family members who care for adult patients with BD. Materials and methods: A phenomenological qualitative research was carried out in the family members caregiving to BD patients in Farshian Psychiatric Hospital, Hamedan, 2010. The subjects were selected using purposive sampling. By reaching data saturation the number of participants was 12. In order to collect the data in-depth interviews were conducted and then analyzed by Van Manen method. Results: Six main themes with 14 subthemes were identified in this study including ‘living in hell’, ‘mental-emotional exhaustion’, ‘self-neglect’, ‘the need to receive support’, ‘condemned to isolation’ and ‘feelings of shame’. Conclusion: This study underlines the necessity for comprehensive support among family caregivers of BD patients. Hence, support and interventions regarding such families’ health have to be considered by all mental health treatment providers.
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Type of Study: Research(Original) | Subject: nursing

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