Patient and Caregiver Interplay in Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia: Family Caregiver’s Experience

Jun Ah Song, Myonghwa Park, Jaewon Park, Hong Jin Cheon, Mihyun Lee

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify family caregivers’ experiences in managing the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) with particular focus on their interpersonal interactions with patient with dementia. Data were collected through focus-group interviews with 15 family caregivers from three local dementia-support centers located in Seoul. Data were analyzed using content analysis. Three main themes were identified through data analysis: triggers of BPSD, family caregiver’s actions in response to BPSD and patient’s reactions, and the effect of BPSD on family caregivers. Findings demonstrated that BPSD depended on the complex interplay of family caregivers and patients, including their interaction style. This information could help nurses when counseling and educating family caregivers to improve or modify their attitudes and approaches to behavioral symptoms of patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-34
Number of pages23
JournalClinical Nursing Research
Volume27
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Feb 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This study was supported by the National Institute for Dementia Grant in 2013 and 2014 (No. 2013-2, 2014-2). This study was also supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning (NRF-2013R1A2A2A01069090).

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Keywords

  • behavioral symptom
  • caregiver
  • dementia
  • family

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing

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