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oa African Journal of Disability - Initial experiences of family caregivers of survivors of a traumatic brain injury : original research

Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2223-9170
  • E-ISSN: 2226-7220

 

Abstract

There seems to be a paucity of research on the initial subjective experiences of family caregivers of survivors of a traumatic brain injury (TBI).


To explore the challenges that family caregivers face during the initial stages of recovery of a relative who has sustained a TBI.
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.
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 health-care professionals as particularly challenging.
The findings of this study emphasise caregivers' need for support, information and psycho-education, especially from health-care 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 health-care professionals on how they can contribute to improvement of the services provided by the health-care system based on the experiences of the caregivers who participated in this study.

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2015-01-01
2020-12-04

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