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NTSAYAGAE, Esther I.; POGGENPOEL, Marie  e  MYBURGH, Chris. Experiences of family caregivers of persons living with mental illness: A meta-synthesis. Curationis [online]. 2019, vol.42, n.1, pp.1-9. ISSN 2223-6279.

BACKGROUND: Meta-synthesis is used to generate and understand new insights from a qualitative perspective. Caregiving is associated with a range of physical and psychological symptoms. Caregivers bear the brunt of caregiving and this has become worse since the inception of de-institutionalisation, as more patients are discharged into the community under the care of their familiesOBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to synthesise phenomenological qualitative studies and create a comprehensive chronicle of phenomena of family caregivers' experiences of caring for relatives living with mental illnessMETHOD: Google Scholar and different electronic databases, which included CINAHL, MEDLINE, EBSCO and PubMed, were searched using keywords for relevant studies published from 1994 to 2014. To obtain an in-depth view of caregivers' lived experiences, a qualitative meta-synthesis was employed to review the findings of 10 studiesRESULTS: A total of 10 studies were included in the meta-synthesis. The family caregivers described their caregiving experiences under four themes: perceived responsibility of caregiving, experiences of emotional effect, experiences of support needs and experiences of changed perspectiveCONCLUSION: The meta-synthesis revealed a lack of emotional coping among the family caregivers. This calls for robust family caregiver interventions to facilitate their mental health

Palavras-chave : caregiving; coping; experiences; family caregivers; mentally ill patients; meta-synthesis.

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