Many caregivers felt abandoned at a critical time, and none of the focus group participants had been referred by any health care professional in the hospital to community-based organizations for emotional support—or any other kind of support.
The duration and frequency of caring responsibilities is also important. Challenged to care: Informal caregivers in a changing health system.
Caregivers who face conflicts in competing demands related to caring for children, spouse, or parent and to maintaining their work roles are particularly threatened by and vulnerable to the demands for continuing home care. These caregivers need help finding services.
Relevant articles for this review were not always indexed using terms relating to nursing; the potential involvement of the nurse as a contributor to improved patient and caregiver safety was a determinant for inclusion.
Examining caregiver distress as it relates to quality of care is absent from the literature. The majority of studies have focused on a single construct of the care situation i.