Programa de intervención multidisciplinaria para cuidadores de pacientes en atención domiciliaria

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Objectives: To improve quality of life, anxiety and depression in caregivers of patients in home care. Methods: We performed a randomized clinical trial in 79 main caregivers (39 control group and 40 intervention group) of patients in the home care program of a primary care health center between 2000 and 2001. Quality of life, anxiety and depression were measured by the COOP/WONCA and Goldberg questionnaires, respectively, at the beginning and at the end of the study. Interventions consisted of two medical visits to take a bio-psychosocial history of the caregiver and a nurse visit for health education. Two letters, adapted to each carer's needs, were sent and two telephone calls were made. Results: The intervention group scored significantly better than the control group in relation to WONCA-feelings (p = 0.03), WONCA-social activities (p = 0.05), and WONCA-quality of life (p = 0.02). Conclusions: A short multidisciplinary intervention program adapted to routine consultations could prevent deterioration in caregivers' quality of life. © 2008 Sociedad Española de Salud Pública y Administración Sanitaria.

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Guerrero Caballero, L., Ramos Blanes, R., Alcolado Aranda, A., López Dolcet, M. J., Pons la Laguna, J. L., & Quesada Sabaté, M. (2008). Programa de intervención multidisciplinaria para cuidadores de pacientes en atención domiciliaria. Gaceta Sanitaria, 22(5), 457–460.

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