Family caregivers’ perceptions and experiences of participating in the learning skills together intervention to build self-efficacy for providing complex care

Carole L. White, Aleera Barrera, Sarah Turner, Ashlie Glassner, Jennifer Brackett, Sheran Rivette, Kylie Meyer

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to describe how an intervention to teach family caregivers of persons living with dementia to provide complex care tasks contributes to their self-efficacy. This qualitative study was embedded in a pilot study evaluating the intervention. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 15 caregivers who had completed the intervention. Content analysis was used to analyze the data. Themes identified from the interviews were: “helpfulness of the content”, “if they can do it, so can I”, and “applying what I have learned”. Caregivers described the helpfulness of learning from expert healthcare professionals in a supportive environment. They valued the group setting, including interacting with and learning from their peers. Caregivers demonstrated mastery of the content by applying it to their caregiving situations and sharing information with other family members. These findings provide insights into successful elements in a complex care intervention that contributed to building caregiver self-efficacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)198-204
Number of pages7
JournalGeriatric Nursing
Volume45
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2022

Keywords

  • Complex care
  • Dementia
  • Family caregiver
  • Qualitative research
  • Self-efficacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology

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