A Qualitative Study of Caregivers' Experiences, Motivation and Challenges Using a Web-Based Mindfulness Intervention

Community Ment Health J. 2020 Apr;56(3):416-425. doi: 10.1007/s10597-019-00477-7. Epub 2019 Sep 30.


Caregivers report experiences of stress and burden that can affect their health negatively. Web-based mindfulness interventions have shown beneficial health effects in clinical and non-clinical populations, including caregivers. The study's aim was to explore the experiences of a web-based mindfulness program, including motivation and challenges to use, in caregivers of a person with somatic illness. Ten participants were interviewed. Data was analyzed with content analysis, resulting in four categories illustrating the participants' experiences of the program, including motivations and barriers to training: A timely or untimely intervention; Mainly positive effects even at low levels of training; Relationship to the patient; and Creating a routine and maintaining motivation. Qualitative studies can contribute to enrich our understanding of the value of such interventions, which may be a flexible supportive tool for caregivers. The findings illuminate the importance of supporting motivation and adherence to such interventions, with the potential for enhanced beneficial outcomes.

Keywords: Caregivers; Mindfulness; Self-compassion; Web-based support; e-Health.

MeSH terms

  • Caregivers
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Mindfulness*
  • Motivation*
  • Qualitative Research