Burden, Health and Sense of Coherenceamong Relatives of Depressed Inpatients
2015 (English)In: Open Journal of Nursing, ISSN 2162-5336, E-ISSN 2162-5344, no 5, 163-172 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In Europe, there are an increasing number of persons suffering from depression, which also affectsmany relatives. The burden and health when being the relative of an inpatient suffering fromsevere depression has been less examined. The aim of the study was to describe burden, healthand sense of coherence among relatives of inpatients with severe depression. Furthermore, theaim was to investigate relatives’ burden in relation to their health and sense of coherence. Across-sectional design was performed, with a questionnaire consisting of background questionsand three instruments; Burden Assessment Scale, General Health Questionnaire and Sense of Coherencescale. The participants consisted of 68 relatives recruited from a sample of inpatients diagnosedwith depression in the psychiatric specialist health services in one hospital trust in Norway.The Regional Committee for Medical and Health Research Ethics, Norway South East, gaveapproval to the study. The relatives reported burden to a various degree, with some reporting asignificantly greater burden, poorer health and a weaker sense of coherence than others. With regardto subjective burden eight out of ten relatives reported “Worry about future”, and almost sixout of ten were “Upset by change in patient”. Regarding objective burden, more than half the relativesreported having “Less time for friends” and “Reduced leisure time”. In conclusion the relativeswith a high level of burden reported more mental distress, poorer health and weaker senseof coherence than those with lower level of burden. Further research should focus on identificationof factors predicting burden and health of relatives of inpatients with severe depression.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Scientific Research Publishing, 2015. no 5, 163-172 p.
Burden, Depression, Health, Inpatients, Relatives
Research subject Nursing Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-36061DOI: 10.4236/ojn.2015.53020OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-36061DiVA: diva2:813192