Date of Award

1995

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Department

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Katherine K. Kim

Second Advisor

Lucille Grimm

Third Advisor

Ron Rozema

Abstract

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.

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