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Caregivers of people with multiple sclerosis: experiences of support

McKeown, LP, Porter-Armstrong, Alison and Baxter, GD (2004) Caregivers of people with multiple sclerosis: experiences of support. Multiple Sclerosis, 10 (2). pp. 219-230. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1191/1352458504ms1008oa


The aim of this phenomenological study was to gain an understanding of the experiences of a group of caregivers of people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Sixteen caregivers from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland participated in focus group inter views. The theme of support, either sought or received, emerged as a major aspect of the experiences described. Caregivers' feelings about, and experiences of, support appeared to change over time. Four common phases that caregivers experienced in relation to support were identified as: `rejecting', `resisting', `seeking' and `accepting' support. This paper will present and discuss these four phases. The study findings highlight the complexity of issues surrounding a caregiver's decision to seek and accept support. It is hoped that the phases identified within this study are useful in depicting how caregivers of people with MS may progress through stages in their desire for, and acceptance of, support. Findings from this study are useful to healthcare professionals who work with people with MS and their caregivers by increasing awareness that a caregiver's attitude toward and acceptance of support changes over time.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:caregivers; community networks; delivery of healthcare; health personnel; multiple sclerosis; social support
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies
ID Code:12868
Deposited By: Dr Alison Porter-Armstrong
Deposited On:02 Apr 2010 09:08
Last Modified:29 Feb 2012 15:10

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