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Support needs for family caregivers of clients with mental illness in Iran: A qualitative study

Akbari, M, Alavi, M, Irajpour, A, Maghsoudi, J, Lopez, V and Cleary, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1453-4850 2018 , 'Support needs for family caregivers of clients with mental illness in Iran: A qualitative study' , Issues in Mental Health Nursing, vol. 39, no. 10 , pp. 896-903 , doi: 10.1080/01612840.2018.1445324.

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This paper explored the support needs of family caregivers of people living with a mental illness in Iran. This descriptive study focused on the experiences of 20 family caregivers as well as the views of 29 professional support workers through individual face-to-face interviews. From these interviews three key themes emerged in regards to the care needs of family caregivers: (i) social support; (ii) emotional support; and (iii) safety and security. These themes highlighted the complex role of caring for a family member with a mental illness and the emotional, social and economic challenges that these caregivers experienced as a result. Iranian caregivers garnered support not only from other family members but also from neighbors and religious leaders but lacked the much needed respite care found in western countries. This research study highlighted the importance of ensuring that the caregivers themselves receive appropriate and adequate support to fulfill their caregiving role.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Akbari, M and Alavi, M and Irajpour, A and Maghsoudi, J and Lopez, V and Cleary, M
Keywords: support needs, family caregivers, mental iIllness, Iran
Journal or Publication Title: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
ISSN: 0161-2840
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/01612840.2018.1445324
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