Carers’ experience of looking after a person with chronic obstructive respiratory disease
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Carers’ experience of looking after a person with chronic obstructive respiratory disease

Emma Vincent Respiratory nurse specialist, Pulmonary rehabilitation department, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester
Jane Scullion Respiratory nurse consultant, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester

Emma Vincent and Jane Scullion explore the assessment and management of the burden of chronic disease on close family members

Government policy recognises the need to support caregivers in the community to ease the burden of caring. It encourages primary healthcare workers to explore the specific care needs of informal caregivers as part of the patient’s package of care. Nursing interventions that assess and evaluate carers’ needs can ensure that family caregivers are offered support. This article uses the example of caring for family members with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to examine the burden of caring, its assessment and how nurses can sensitively handle issues raised.

Correspondence emma.vincent@uhl-tr.nhs.uk

Primary Health Care. 24, 6,25-27. doi: 10.7748/phc.24.6.25.e894

Received: 19 February 2014

Accepted: 19 March 2014

Published in print: 25 June 2014

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict Of Interest

None declared