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Assessing informal caregivers' experiences: a qualitative and psychometric evaluation of the Caregiver Reaction Assessment Scale
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.
2008 (English)In: European Journal of Cancer Care, ISSN 0961-5423, Vol. 17, no 2, 189-199 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

With the aim to evaluate the Swedish version of the Caregiver Reaction Assessment Scale (CRA), informal caregivers (n = 209) to individuals with a malignant disease, dementia or a physical impairment were recruited. The CRA was developed in the USA and is a self-rating questionnaire consisting of five subscales, measuring family members' reactions to the experience of caring for a relative with mental or physical illnesses. Data were analysed using psychometric and qualitative methods. Findings indicated good internal consistency, and a factor analysis confirmed the structure with five subscales; however, an overlap of items between the subscales was found. A content analysis of respondents' comments indicated that there were problems due to presuppositions inherent in the questions and with the meaning of words. Problems regarding inclusion/exclusion aspects in some concepts were also found. Two aspects of caregiver reactions were found to be missing or only partly covered: worrying and positive experiences. Results from this study suggest that the Swedish version is useful for assessment of caregiver reactions but needs further refinement.

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2008. Vol. 17, no 2, 189-199 p.
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Informal caregivers
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-1196DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2007.00833.xISI: 000253477400013Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-39749195432Local ID: 4235OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-1196DiVA: diva2:26228
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VR-HealthAvailable from: 2008-12-09 Created: 2008-11-19 Last updated: 2009-11-02Bibliographically approved

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