Carer burden in schizophrenia: considerations for nursing practice

Small, Neil; Harrison, Joanne; Newell, Robert
December 2010
Mental Health Practice;Dec2010, Vol. 14 Issue 4, p22
Academic Journal
In the UK, half a million people care for people with severe mental illnesses (Princess Royal Trust for Carers 2002). This article reviews the findings of a study of the views of 13 carers of people self-identified as having schizophrenia on the nature and extent of their role, and its effect on their lives and identities. According to these findings, carers experience stress and illness, and think that the support they receive from professionals is inadequate. As a result, they think that help and psychotherapeutic interventions, such as family therapy, should be more accessible.


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