Head-injured survivors: caregivers and support groups

J Adv Nurs. 1993 Jan;18(1):39-45. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2648.1993.18010039.x.


The purposes of this study were to assess the needs of caregivers of head-injured survivors and the availability, use and helpfulness of support groups in meeting these needs. Demographic data on characteristics of the caregivers and of the head-injured survivor were also collected. The majority of the caregivers were mothers of head-injured males and provided care for an average of 6 years. Sixteen of the respondents did not attend a support group, mainly due to the unavailability of support groups in their area of residence. Support groups were most helpful in meeting educational and psychological needs of caregivers. The findings suggest the need for additional support groups, especially in smaller communities, for additional educational content in support groups and for respite beds.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • British Columbia / epidemiology
  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Caregivers / statistics & numerical data
  • Community Health Services / organization & administration
  • Community Health Services / standards
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / epidemiology
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / nursing
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / psychology*
  • Educational Status
  • Employment / statistics & numerical data
  • Family Characteristics
  • Female
  • Health Services Needs and Demand*
  • Health Services Research
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Marital Status
  • Middle Aged
  • Self-Help Groups / organization & administration*
  • Self-Help Groups / standards
  • Self-Help Groups / statistics & numerical data
  • Social Support
  • Stress, Psychological / epidemiology
  • Stress, Psychological / prevention & control
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Workload