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Initial experiences of family caregivers of survivors of a traumatic brain injury

dc.contributor.authorBroodryk, Mandien_ZA
dc.contributor.authorPretorius, Chrismaen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-13T09:53:00Z
dc.date.available2016-09-13T09:53:00Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.citationBroodryk, M. & Pretorius, C. 2015. Initial experiences of family caregivers of survivors of a traumatic brain injury. African Journal of Disability, 4(1):1-7, doi:10.4102/ajod.v4i1.165
dc.identifier.issn2226-7220 (online)
dc.identifier.issn2223-9170 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.4102/ajod.v4i1.165
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/99653
dc.descriptionCITATION: Broodryk, M. & Pretorius, C. 2015. Initial experiences of family caregivers of survivors of a traumatic brain injury. African Journal of Disability, 4(1):1-7, doi:10.4102/ajod.v4i1.165.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://www.ajod.org
dc.description.abstractBackground: There seems to be a paucity of research on the initial subjective experiences of family caregivers of survivors of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Objective: To explore the challenges that family caregivers face during the initial stages of recovery of a relative who has sustained a TBI. Methods: Thematic analysis was used to explore the findings from semi-structured interviews that were conducted with 12 female family caregivers of relatives who had sustained a TBI. Results: Family caregivers recalled their initial experiences of the shock at hearing the news about their relative’s TBI, negative experiences in hospital and frustrating interactions with healthcare professionals as particularly challenging. Conclusion: The findings of this study emphasise caregivers’ need for support, information and psycho-education, especially from healthcare professionals, from the very beginning stages of recovery from a TBI. Practical and physical needs with regard to admission to and care in the hospital were also highlighted. This research will hopefully contribute to creating awareness amongst healthcare professionals on how they can contribute to improvement of the services provided by the healthcare system based on the experiences of the caregivers who participated in this study.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://www.ajod.org/index.php/ajod/article/view/165
dc.format.extent7 pagesen_ZA
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherAOSIS Publishingen_ZA
dc.subjectFamily caregiversen_ZA
dc.subjectTraumatic brain injuryen_ZA
dc.subjectHealth servicesen_ZA
dc.titleInitial experiences of family caregivers of survivors of a traumatic brain injuryen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's version
dc.rights.holderAuthors retain copyrighten_ZA


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