Background We examined :
Care-giving activities in a population-based sample ofcarers of sufferers from psychotic disorders ; putative determinants of care-giving ; and changes in care-giving in an intensive community psychiatric service.
Methods In the PRiSM interview sample 170 people had a carer ; 124 were interviewed.
Care-giving activities, dissatisfaction with these, and carers'General Health Questionnaire (GHQ) scores were measured.
Patient and illness characteristics were examined as predictors ofthe carer measures.
The carer measures were reassessed for 62 carers after two years in two service sectors, one with an intensive community service, the other with a standard service.
Results Overall, 36% ofcarers were engaged in no, or only occasional care-giving activities.
Fifty per cent expressed no dissatisfaction with their care-giving role.
Patient and illness characteristics predicted care-giving poorly.
Carers in the intensive community treatment sector did not experience significantly different care-giving demands or distress than those in the standard sector.
Conclusions A significant proportion ofcarers ofsufferers from psychosis do not engage in common care-giving activities, and are not dissatisfied with their role.
An intensive community service did not affect the impact ofthe illness on carers.
Declaration of interest Funding provided by the Bethlem & Maudsley NHS Trust.
Mots-clés Pascal : Psychose, Traitement communautaire, Psychiatrie communautaire, Angleterre, Grande Bretagne, Royaume Uni, Europe, Organisation santé, Service santé, Aidant, Attitude, Satisfaction, Santé mentale, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Psychosis, Community treatment, Community psychiatry, England, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Europe, Public health organization, Health service, Caregiver, Attitude, Satisfaction, Mental health, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0092403
Code Inist : 002B18I11. Création : 31/05/1999.