Requirements of caregivers of patients with schizophrenia: A qualitative study in Turkey

CAN ÖZ Y., Duran S., Incedere A.

ARCHIVES OF PSYCHIATRIC NURSING, vol.41, pp.81-86, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 41
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.apnu.2022.07.023
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, ASSIA, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Psycinfo
  • Page Numbers: pp.81-86
  • Keywords: Schizophrenia, Family, Mental illness, Patient -centered care, Unmet needs, Caregivers, FAMILY CAREGIVERS, LIVED EXPERIENCES, MENTALLY-ILL, PEOPLE, STIGMA, BURDEN, NEEDS, SKILLS, IMPACT, LIFE
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: No


Caregivers have different experiences and difficulties in the patient care process during which the role of providing care is fulfilled. Understanding the requirements of caregivers may help determine the content of the country-specific psychoeducation program needed. Caregivers of patients with schizophrenia want certain needs to be met while they provide care to these patients. This qualitative study aims to determine and analyze these needs. The researchers conducted face-to-face semi-structured interviews with 15 caregivers. Themes were Themes identified included determined as managing disease behavior, gaining independent living skills, man-aging social-educational problems, and psychosocial support needs of the family members. Mental health and psychiatric nurses should understand, accept, and protect the needs of caregivers. It is suggested that mental health and psychiatric nurses plan group training about the determined needs and provide support for caregiving family members.