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Supporting Families and Carers
A Nursing Perspective

ISBN 9781498706704
Published April 7, 2016 by Routledge
204 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Understanding the perspective of carers is an essential aspect of nursing. Supporting Families and Carers: A Nursing Perspective offers insights into the fundamental principles of caring for families and carers irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality or religion.

This book discusses the concepts and theories that underpin our understanding of the behaviours and feelings that families and caregivers may experience. While the book covers theoretical dimensions to understand the caregiving experience, it also provides practical perspectives for nursing and is a unique resource to inform nursing practice and learning at all levels.

The book covers topics such as the stress process, stressors and how they relate to caregiving as well as actions and resources to help alter stressful situations. Interventions discussed include training and education programs, problem-solving skills, information technology–based support and formal approaches to planning care that take into account the specific needs of carers.

Carers are a central aspect of contemporary health services, and working with carers is fundamental to the delivery of high-quality person- and family-centred nursing care. This invaluable resource helps nurses to work effectively in partnership with patients and their carers.

Table of Contents

Context of the Carer
Historical Background
Definitions of Carers
Awareness of Carers
Caregiving Tasks/Responsibilities
Chapter Summary
Useful Links

The Family
Family Structure
Cohesion and Togetherness
Family Partnerships
Chapter Summary

Adjusting and Adapting to Caregiving
Stress Models
Double ABCX Model
Chapter Summary

Coping Process and Coping Strategies
Coping Styles and Strategies
Hope as a Coping Strategy
Coping Ability: Sense of Coherence and General Resistance Resources
Chapter Summary

Impact of Caring on Families and Carers
Physical Impact
Psychosocial Impact
Caregiver Strain and Burden
Loss and Grief Associated with Caregiving
Chronic Sorrow
Impact on Family Roles and Relationships
Positive Outcomes of Caregiving
Chapter Summary

Providing Support and Interventions for Families and Carers
Assessment of Families and Caregivers’ Needs
Interventions to Support Families and Carers
Fostering Hope
Chapter Summary
Useful Links

Working with Families and Carers
Context of Hospitalisation
Relationships between Nurse and Caregivers
Chapter Summary
Useful Links

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Mary E. Braine, D.Prof, MSc, PGCHE, BSc (Hons), Diploma in Nursing (London), RN, senior lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Science, University of Salford, UK

Julie Wray, PhD, MSc, PGCHE, RN, RM, ONC, senior lecturer/user and carer lead, School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Science, University of Salford, UK


"It takes a wide brush stroke across many key issues in caregiving, with a solid background in concept and theory application of family, coping, loss, stress, and resilience. A significant strength of the book is its "Thinking Box"—a set of questions for readers to pause and consider in understanding the possible meanings of or applications to situations. Other strengths are its key points, stories, and straightforward presentation of theory. It is an easy read for those unfamiliar with family caregiving and hits the prominent components of family caregiving. With this title, instructors will have ready tools built in for further exploration. This work is a good reference to lead graduate students to seek new discoveries … Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through professionals" – Choice