The impact of adopting person-centred care approach for people with Alzheimer's on professional caregivers' burden: an interventional study

Int J Nurs Pract. 2014 Aug;20(4):438-45. doi: 10.1111/ijn.12251. Epub 2014 Jul 10.

Abstract

This study described the impact of adopting person-centred care approach for people with Alzheimer's disease on professional caregivers' burden. The participants were subjected to a 4-week structured training programme about person-centred care. The programme's effectiveness was proven by using the Global Behavior Scale. Then a qualitative descriptive phenomenological approach was used to explore the impact of applying this programme on professional caregivers' burden. Data were collected from a sample of 10 professional caregivers using semi-structured interviews. A total of three themes were identified: acceptance of disease-related behaviours of people with Alzheimer's, therapeutic understanding of people with Alzheimer's feelings (empathy) and enhanced caregivers' adaptation to people with Alzheimer's demands (resiliency). Findings suggested that adopting person-centred care approach for people with Alzheimer's disease reduces professional caregivers' burden.

Keywords: Alzheimer's disease; burnout; caregivers' burden; dementia; person-centred care.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Alzheimer Disease / nursing*
  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient-Centered Care*