Graduate Degree Type
College of Nursing
Katherine K. Kim
The study purpose was to examine the effect on interventions based on interdisciplinary geriatric assessment on family caregiver's wellness. A pretest-posttest research design was used, including a sample of 35 family caregivers of frail older adults. Neuman's Systems Model provided the theoretical framework. Care recipients and caregivers were evaluated by an interdisciplinary geriatric team and interventions for that family were developed and implemented. Paired t-tests and Wilcoxon matched-pairs signed rank test were performed to compare scores of pretest and posttest scores on self-rated health, the Burden Interview and Life Satisfaction, before and after the intervention. Results indicated that there was no significant improvement in caregiver wellness, yet the caregiver's physical and pychological wellness were maintained during the 3 month study period. Nursing implications include the need for caregiver assessment and development of a specific plan of care for families.
Smith, Julie A., "Caregiver Wellness Following Interventions Based on Interdisciplinary Geriatric Assessment" (1995). Masters Theses. 239.