alexa Family Caregivers Experience Of Providing Care To Patients With End-stage Renal Disease In South-West Nigeria
ISSN: 2161-0959

Journal of Nephrology & Therapeutics
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12th Global Nephrologists Annual Meeting
June 26-28, 2017 London, UK

Yemisi Okikiade Oyegbile
University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Nephrol Ther
DOI: 10.4172/2161-0959-C1-040
Abstract
Family caregiving is where an unpaid volunteer, usually a close family member, attends to the needs of a loved one with a chronic, disabling illness within the home. Much research has been conducted in the area of family caregiving in high-income countries. However, the same cannot be said for many of the low-resource, multi-cultural African countries. This qualitative descriptive study was used to manifest content analysis to analyze data from semi-structured, individual interviews, with 15 purposively selected family caregivers. Two tertiary institutions providing renal care in South-Western Nigeria were the research setting for this study. Five categories were identified, and these included: Disconnectedness with self and others, never-ending burden, ‘a fool being tossed around’, obligation to provide care and promoting a closer relationship. Experiences associated with the caregivng of patients diagnosed with ESRD evoked a number of emotions from the family caregivers and the study revealed that caregiving imposed some burdens that are specific to low-resource countries on participants. Nurses need to engage family caregivers on disease specific teachings that might promote understanding of the disease process and role expectations. Family caregivers may benefit from social support services.
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