Background: Being next-of-kin to someone with cancer requiring palliative care involves a complex life situation. Changes in roles and relationships might occur and the next-of-kin thereby try to adapt by being involved in the ill person’s experiences and care even though they can feel unprepared for the care they are expected to provide. Therefore, the aim of this study was to develop a classic grounded theory of next-of-kin in palliative cancer care.
Method: Forty-two next-of-kin to persons with cancer in palliative phase or persons who had died from cancer were interviewed. Theoretical sampling was used during data collection. The data was analysed using classic Grounded Theory methodology to conceptualize patterns of human behaviour.
Results: Constructing stability emerged as the pattern of behaviour through which next-of-kin deal with their main concern; struggling with helplessness. This helplessness includes an involuntary waiting for the inevitable. The waiting causes sadness and frustration, which in turn increases the helplessness. The theory involves; Shielding, Acknowledging the reality, Going all in, Putting up boundaries, Asking for help, and Planning for the inescapable. These strategies can be used separately or simultaneously and they can also overlap each other. There are several conditions that may impact the theory Constructing stability, which strategies are used, and what the outcomes might be. Some conditions that emerged in this theory are time, personal finances, attitudes from extended family and friends and availability of healthcare resources.
Conclusions: The theory shows the complexities of being next-of-kin to someone receiving palliative care, while striving to construct stability. This theory can increase healthcare professionals’ awareness of how next-of-kin struggle with helplessness and thus generates insight into how to support them in this struggle.
Background: When family caregivers are involved in patient care, both patients and caregivers experience better clinical outcomes. However, caregivers experience communication difficulties as they navigate a complex health care system and interact with health care providers. Research indicates that caregivers experience a communication burden that can result in topic avoidance and distress; however, little is known about how burden stemming from communication difficulties with health care providers relates to caregiving outcomes.
Objectives: To investigate how family caregiver communication difficulties with health care providers influence caregiver quality of life and anxiety.
Methods: Data were collected in a cross-sectional online survey of 220 caregivers with communication difficulties resulting from caregiver avoidance of caregiving-related topics, inadequate reading and question-asking health literacy, and low communication self-efficacy.
Results: Caregiver outcomes were not affected by reading health literacy level but did differ based on question-asking health literacy level. Adequate question-asking health literacy was associated with lower anxiety and a higher quality of life. Caregivers who avoided discussing caregiving topics reported higher anxiety and lower quality of life and caregivers with increased communication self-efficacy reported a higher quality of life.
Conclusion: Involvement of family caregivers in care is likely to require tailored approaches that address caregiver communication and health literacy skills. Findings from this study suggest that hospice and palliative care providers should identify and provide support for caregiver communication difficulties in order to positively influence caregiver quality of life and anxiety.
BACKGROUND: Informal caregivers of palliative patients show higher levels of depression and distress compared with the general population. Fegg's (2013) existential behavioural therapy was shortened to two individual 1-h sessions (short-term existential behavioural therapy).
AIM: Testing the effectiveness of sEBT on psychological symptoms of informal caregivers in comparison with active control.
DESIGN: Randomised controlled trial.
SETTING/PARTICIPANTS: Informal caregivers of palliative in-patients.
METHODS: The primary outcome was depression; secondary outcomes were anxiety, subjective distress and minor mental disorders, positive and negative affect, satisfaction with life, quality of life and direct health care costs. General linear mixed models allow several measurements per participant and change over time. Reasons for declining the intervention were investigated by Rosenstock's Health Belief Model.
RESULTS: Overall inclusion rate was 41.0%. Data of 157 caregivers were available (63.1% females; mean age: 54.6 years, standard deviation (SD): 14.1); 127 participants were included in the main analysis. Participation in sEBT or active control was not significantly associated with post-treatment depression. Outcomes showed prevailingly significant association with time of investigation. Self-efficacy, scepticism of benefit of the intervention, belief of better coping alone and support by family and friends were significant factors in declining participation in the randomised controlled trial.
CONCLUSION: Inclusion rate was tripled compared with a previously evaluated longer EBT group intervention. By shortening the intervention, inclusion rate was traded for effectiveness and the intervention could not impact caregivers' psychological state. Early integration of sEBT and combination of individual and group setting and further study of the optimal length for caregiver interventions are suggested.
Caregiving and bereavement outcomes are strongly influenced by socio-cultural context. Past research has found higher levels of caregiver burden and psychological morbidity in Portuguese compared to Brazilian caregivers. This study compared Brazilian and Portuguese family caregivers in palliative care to identify differences in psychological morbidity and caregiver burden and their relationship with psychosocial factors such as sociodemographic variables, circumstances of end-of-life care and dying, social support, family functioning, and perception of quality of care. Prospective data were collected from convenience samples of family caregivers in Brazil (T0 n = 60; T1 n = 35) and Portugal (T0 n = 75; T1 n = 29) at two separate time points—during caregiving (T0), and during the first two months of bereavement (T1). The study samples consisted mostly of women, offspring, and spouses. In both countries, family caregivers devoted most of their day to taking care of their sick relatives and reported a lack of practical support. Portuguese caregivers had higher levels of burden than Brazilian caregivers, and in both populations a greater burden was associated with more psychopathological symptoms. Higher caregiver burden among Portuguese caregivers was associated with the circumstances of death and the perceived lack of emotional support. Among Portuguese caregivers, symptomatology persisted during bereavement, reaching significantly higher levels of anxiety, somatization, and peritraumatic symptoms compared to the Brazilian sample. These results show differences between family caregiver samples in Portugal and Brazil during the bereavement process. Understanding the underlying cultural patterns and mechanisms requires future research.
Purpose: The responsibility of taking care of terminal patients is accepted as a role of family members in Taiwan. Only a few studies have focused on the effect of palliative care consultation service (PCCS) on caregiver burden between terminal cancer family caregivers (CFCs) and non-cancer family caregivers (NCFCs). Therefore, the purpose of this study is to address the effect of PCCS on caregiver burden between CFC and NCFC over time.
Methods: A prospective longitudinal study was conducted in a medical center in northern Taiwan from July to November 2017. The participants were both terminally ill cancer and non-cancer patients who were prepared to receive PCCS, as well as their family caregivers. Characteristics including family caregivers and terminal patients and Family Caregiver Burden Scale (FCBS) were recorded pre-, 7, and 14 days following PCCS. A generalized estimating equation model was used to analyze the change in the level of family caregiver burden (FCB) between CFC and NCFC.
Results: The study revealed that there were no statistically significant differences in FCB between CFC and NCFC 7 days and 14 days after PCCS (p > 0.05). However, FCB significantly decreased in both CFC and NCFC from pre-PCCS to 14 days after PCCS (ß = - 12.67, p = 0.013). PPI of patients was the key predictor of FCB over time following PCCS (ß = 1.14, p = 0.013).
Conclusions: This study showed that PCCS can improve FCB in not only CFC but also NCFC. We suggest that PCCS should be used more widely in supporting family caregivers of terminally ill patients to reduce caregiver burden.
Death in America is changing from hospital to home, which demands complex skills by family caregivers. However, information from family members about the challenges of providing home hospice care until death is scant. To understand the challenges a family caregiver confronts when he/she decides to deliver hospice care and during the actual delivery of the hospice care, we used descriptive phenomenology methods to document the experience of 18 family caregivers as they delivered home hospice care. We learned the decision to begin home hospice was made by a physician, followed frequently by family resistance and refusal to assist. Family caregiver burden is enormous, compounded by fatigue, sleeplessness, and confusion on issues such as morphine dosage and administration. The stages and process of dying, such as transition, baffled family caregivers. All family caregivers agree financial and emotion support, empathic advocacy, and affirmation of their worth are needed to sustain them to care for the dying. The peacefulness following offering a home death comes at a high price to family caregivers. Evidence is needed from a randomized controlled trial as to effectiveness of advocacy support for family caregivers to increase their resiliency and higher probability of a good death for the dying.
BACKGROUND: A diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD) has a significant psychological impact on both the person diagnosed and their loved ones, and can have a negative effect on family relationships. Caring for someone with a long-term progressing illness may cause anticipatory grief, i.e., experienced before a bereavement. This has been widely studied in illnesses such as dementia and cancer, but less so in relation to PD. The study aims were: (I) to demonstrate the occurrence of anticipatory grief experienced by carers of people with PD; (II) to explore how this grief relates to caregiver burden and caregiver depression and demographic variables.
METHODS: Family carers of people with moderate to advanced PD (Hoehn & Yahr stages 3-5) were invited to complete a survey, including demographic questions and three questionnaires: Zarit Burden Interview (ZBI); 16-item Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS); and Anticipatory Grief Scale (AGS).
RESULTS: Anticipatory grief was common among carers of people with PD [mean AGS score =70.41; standard deviation (SD) =16.93; sample range, 38-102]. Though distinct concepts, carers with higher burden and depression scores also experienced more anticipatory grief symptoms. Carers experiencing higher anticipatory grief tended to be caring for someone of a younger age, displaying more non-motor symptoms, at a more advanced disease stage, and who considered either themselves and/or their loved one as depressed.
CONCLUSIONS: Carers of people with advanced PD experienced anticipatory grief, as well as depression and a high caregiver burden. To improve carer outcomes, our focus should include the period both before and after the death of a loved one, and carers should receive regular psychological assessment and support.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This study explores everyday life experience of relatives of people with ALS living at home with mechanical ventilation and formal caregivers.
BACKGROUND: ALS is a rapidly progressive disease affecting not only the patient but also close relatives. A burden is placed on relatives affecting their mental and physical health in settings where they provide care. Few studies have examined the everyday life challenges of close relatives with formal caregivers at home and home mechanical ventilation, which often prolongs survival.
DESIGN: We undertook a qualitative study with a phenomenological-hermeneutic approach inspired by Ricoeur. Eleven close relatives were interviewed and the three-level analysis method developed by Dreyer and Pedersen was conducted. The Consolidated Criteria for Reporting Qualitative Research checklist was used.
RESULTS: Four themes were derived from the data during analysis: Vulnerable relatives fighting to keep track of everything, Formal caregivers - a distressing relief, A prison without personal space, and We are in this together until the end.
CONCLUSIONS: Close relatives of persons with ALS are burdened with everyday life challenges despite having formal caregivers at home, and they feel imprisoned. Despite these challenges and concerns about the end of life of their relative, they stay until the end.
RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: There is clearly a need to investigate interventions in clinical practice supporting close relatives to prepare them for what to expect during a prolonged disease course.
PURPOSE: Several validated outcome measures, among them the Zarit Burden Interview (ZBI), are valid for measuring caregiver burden in advanced cancer and dementia. However, they have not been validated for a wider palliative care (PC) setting with non-cancer disease. The purpose was to validate ZBI-1 (ultra-short version and proxy rating) and ZBI-7 short versions for PC.
METHODS: In a prospective, cross-sectional study with informal caregivers of patients in inpatient (PC unit, hospital palliative support team) and outpatient (home care team) PC settings of a large university hospital, content validity and acceptability of the ZBI and its structural validity (via confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) and Rasch analysis) were tested. Reliability assessment used internal consistency and inter-rater reliability and construct validity used known-group comparisons and a priori hypotheses on correlations with Brief Symptom Inventory, Short Form-12, and Distress Thermometer.
RESULTS: Eighty-four participants (63.1% women; mean age 59.8, SD 14.4) were included. Structural validity assessment confirmed the unidimensional structure of ZBI-7 both in CFA and Rasch analysis. The item on overall burden was the best item for the ultra-short version ZBI-1. Higher burden was recorded for women and those with poorer physical health. Internal consistency was good (Cronbach's a = 0.83). Inter-rater reliability was moderate as proxy ratings estimated caregivers' burden higher than self-ratings (average measures ICC = 0.51; CI = 0.23-.69; p = 0.001).
CONCLUSION: The ZBI-7 is a valid instrument for measuring caregiver burden in PC. The ultra-short ZBI-1 can be used as a quick and proxy assessment, with the caveat of overestimating burden.
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: A priority focus on palliative and supportive care is helping the 43.5 million caregivers who care for individuals with serious illness. Lacking support may lead to caregiver distress and poorer care delivery to patients with serious illness. We examined the potential of instrumental support (assistance with material and task performance) to mitigate distress among caregivers.
METHOD: We analyzed data from the nationally representative Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS V2, 2018). Informal/family caregivers were identified in HINTS V2 if they indicated they were caring for or making healthcare decisions for another adult with a health problem. We used the PROMIS® instrumental support four-item short-form T-scores and the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-4) for distress. We examined multivariable linear regression models for associations between distress and instrumental support, adjusted for sampling weights, socio-demographics, and caregiving variables (care recipient health condition(s), years caregiving (=2), relationship to care recipient, and caregiver burden). We examined interactions between burden and instrumental support on caregiver distress level.
RESULTS: Our analyses included 311 caregivers (64.8% female, 64.9% non-Hispanic White). The unweighted mean instrumental support T-score was 50.4 (SD = 10.6, range = 29.3-63.3); weighted mean was 51.2 (SE = 1.00). Lower instrumental support (p < 0.01), younger caregiver age (p < 0.04), higher caregiving duration (p = 0.008), and caregiver unemployment (p = 0.006) were significantly associated with higher caregiver distress. Mean instrumental support scores by distress levels were 52.3 (within normal limits), 49.4 (mild), 48.9 (moderate), and 39.7 (severe). The association between instrumental support and distress did not differ by caregiver burden level.
CONCLUSIONS: Poor instrumental support is associated with high distress among caregivers, suggesting the need for palliative and supportive care interventions to help caregivers leverage instrumental support.
Introduction : Soixante pour cent des personnes atteintes de la maladie d’Alzheimer vivent à domicile. Le maintien à domicile a un impact positif sur l’évolution des troubles du malade. L’aidant naturel en est un acteur indispensable, mais le retentissement sur sa santé est majeur. Le médecin généraliste a un rôle d’évaluation et d’anticipation sur le risque d’épuisement de l’aidant, défini par les pouvoirs publics. Un des outils proposés par la Haute autorité de santé (HAS) est la consultation dédiée au cours du suivi des aidants. L’objectif de l’étude était d’évaluer la place de cette consultation dédiée et son contenu en médecine générale.
Matériel et méthodes : Il s’agissait d’une étude épidémiologique descriptive auprès d’aidants de patients atteints de la maladie d’Alzheimer suivis par des médecins généralistes de la Somme, de mai à juillet 2018.
Résultats : 19 médecins généralistes ont participé, ce qui a permis d’interroger 49 aidants. 6,1 % des aidants naturels ont bénéficié d’une consultation dédiée. La mise en place des aides professionnelles est souvent réalisée. L’évaluation du fardeau de l’aidant et l’orientation de celui-ci vers les structures dédiées sont rarement réalisées.
Discussion : L’exploration des besoins et des difficultés en médecine générale dans l’anticipation du risque d’épuisement de l’aidant est nécessaire. Elle permettrait d’apporter des outils adaptés et d’améliorer la prévention du risque d’épuisement de l’aidant, qui met en péril le maintien à domicile du patient.
Conclusion : Le développement d’une approche préventive des aidants et de l’utilisation des aides dédiées à ceux-ci est primordial pour améliorer la qualité de vie du patient et de son entourage.
BACKGROUND: Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder associated with caregiver burden. Higher rates of burden are associated with adverse outcomes for caregivers and patients. Our aim was to understand patient and caregiver predictors of caregiver burden in PD from a palliative care approach.
METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional analysis of baseline data from PD patients and caregivers in a randomized trial of outpatient palliative care at three study sites: University of Colorado, University of Alberta, and University of California San Francisco. The primary outcome measure of caregiver burden, the Zarit Burden Interview (ZBI), was compared against the following patient and caregiver variables: site of care, age, disease/caretaking duration, presence of atypical parkinsonism, race, income, education level, deep brain stimulation status, the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) and Edmonton Symptom Assessment System Revised: Parkinson Disease (ESAS) for symptom severity and burden, the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) for cognitive function, Quality of Life in Alzheimer's Disease (QOL-AD) scale for patient and caregiver perspectives on patient general quality of life, Parkinson's Disease Questionnaire 39 (PDQ-39) scale for health-related quality of life, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) for patient and caregiver mood, Prolonged Grief Questionnaire, Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy- Spiritual Well-Being (FACIT-SP) of patient and caregiver, and Palliative Performance Scale for functional status. A stepwise multivariate linear regression model was used to determine associations with ZBI.
RESULTS: A total of 175 patients (70.9% male; average age 70.7±8.1 years; average disease duration 117.2±82.6 months), and 175 caregivers (73.1% female; average age 66.1±11.1 years) were included. Patient spiritual well-being (FACIT-SP Faith subscale, r2=0.024, P=0.0380), patient health-related quality of life (PDQ-39, r2=0.161, P<0.0001), caregiver depression (HADS Depression, r2=0.062, P=0.0014), caregiver anxiety (HADS Anxiety, r2=0.077, P=0.0002), and caregiver perspective on patient quality of life (QOL-AD Caregiver Perspective, r2=0.088, P<0.0001) were significant contributors to ZBI scores.
CONCLUSIONS: Patient and caregiver factors contribute to caregiver burden in persons living with PD. These results suggest targets for future interventions to improve caregiver support.
Background: Crises that occur in home hospice care affect family caregivers’ satisfaction with care and increase risk of disenrollment. Because hospice care focuses on achieving a peaceful death, understanding the prevalence and nature of crises that occur in this setting could help to improve end-of-life outcomes.
Objective: To ascertain the prevalence and nature of, as well as factors associated with crises in the home hospice setting as reported by family caregivers.
Design: A multiple-method approach was used. Content analysis was employed to evaluate semistructured interview responses collected from caregivers. Potential associations between crisis occurrence and caregiver and patient factors were examined.
Setting/Subjects: Family caregivers whose care recipients were discharged (dead or alive) from a nonprofit hospice organization.
Measurements: Participants were asked to identify any crisis—defined as a time of intense distress due to a physical, psychological, and/or spiritual cause—they or the patient experienced, while receiving home hospice care.
Results: Of the 183 participants, 76 (42%) experienced a perceived crisis, while receiving hospice care. Three types of crises emerged: patient signs and symptoms (n = 51, 67%), patient and/or caregiver emotional distress (n = 22, 29%), and caregiver burden (n = 10, 13%). Women were more likely than men (46% vs. 26%, p = 0.03) to report a crisis.
Conclusions: A large minority of caregivers report perceiving a crisis while their loved one was receiving home hospice care. Physical (symptoms), psychological (emotional distress) function, and caregiver burden constituted the crises reported. Further studies are needed to better understand and address these gaps in care.
Introduction: La sortie de l’hôpital en fin de vie est un processus complexe qui exige une organisation anticipée par les équipes de soins palliatifs. La transition entre l’environnement hospitalier et le domicile est influencée par la culture, l’économie et le système de santé : c’est ce qui relève des observations menées lors d’une recherche dans le milieu des soins palliatifs au Brésil et en France.
Objectif: Analyser le processus de la sortie d’unité de soins palliatifs en direction du domicile, à partir d’expériences de patients et de familles, en confrontant les expériences brésiliennes et françaises.
Matériel et méthode: Une étude de nature ethnographique a été menée durant huit mois auprès de deux équipes de soins palliatifs, à Porto Alegre et à Grenoble, incluant six patients atteints d’un cancer avancé et de quatre de leurs aidants naturels.
Résultats: Dans les deux pays, les principales difficultés liées au retour à domicile sont l’épuisement des aidants et les craintes par rapport au décès. Mais alors qu’en France toute l’organisation se concentre pour privilégier la sortie, en offrant des structures d’appui pour faciliter la prise en charge, au Brésil on observe soit des familles devenues les soignants de leur parent en fin de vie, soit des recours à la justice pour que l’hôpital garde le patient.
Conclusion: En France, même avec la présence d’un réseau professionnel, les familles ont des difficultés pour gérer la fin de vie à la maison et de plus en plus les établissements médicosociaux se substituent au domicile. Au Brésil, il est nécessaire désormais de mieux structurer et développer les services de support au domicile et d’étudier des alternatives appropriées. C’est en prenant en compte les particularités locales, et les besoins des patients et de leurs aidants, en regard des évolutions sociétales qu’il sera possible de promouvoir un accompagnement jusqu’à la mort moins difficile pour tous.
Le premier piège qui attend les accompagnants et les soignants est celui du sacrifice et de l’abnégation. Ce qui passe pour être des vertus hautement morales et spirituelles peut se transformer en piège et devenir un obstacle radical à une relation vivante. C’est un paradoxe qui aboutit à un retournement de sens, qu’on peut éclairer en prenant en compte les actions et les réactions qui gravitent autour et à l'intérieur de la relation d'aide.
BACKGROUND: Early involvement of palliative care improves patient quality of life; however, quantitative studies have not yet demonstrated a similar effect for caregivers, for whom the construct of quality of life is less well developed.
AIM: To conceptualise quality of life of caregivers from their own perspective and to explore differences in themes between those who did or did not receive an early palliative care intervention.
DESIGN: Qualitative grounded theory study.
SETTING: Tertiary comprehensive cancer centre.
PARTICIPANTS: Following participation in a cluster-randomised trial of early palliative care, 23 caregivers (14 intervention and 9 control) of patients with advanced cancer participated in semi-structured interviews to discuss their quality of life.
RESULTS: The core category was 'living in the patient's world'. Five related themes were 'burden of illness and caregiving', 'assuming the caregiver role', 'renegotiating relationships', 'confronting mortality' and 'maintaining resilience'. There was thematic consistency between trial arms, except for the last two themes, which had distinct differences. Participants in the intervention group engaged in open discussion about the end of life, balanced hope with realism and had increased confidence from a range of professional supports. Controls tended to engage in 'deliberate ignorance' about the future, felt uncertain about how they would cope and lacked knowledge of available supports.
CONCLUSIONS: Caregiver quality of life is influenced profoundly by the interaction with the patient and should be measured with specific questionnaires that include content related to confronting mortality and professional supports. This would improve delineation of quality of life for caregivers and allow greater sensitivity to change.
BACKGROUND: Parkinson's disease (PD) is a chronic, progressive neurological disorder with many intractable consequences for patients and their family caregivers. Little is known about the possibilities that palliative care could offer to patients and their proxies. Guidelines strongly recommend palliative care to improve the quality of life and - if needed - the quality of dying. However, providing palliative care to persons with PD involves specific challenges. For example, a timely initiation of palliative interventions is difficult because due to the gradually progressive nature of PD, there is often no clear marker for the transition from curative towards palliative care. Furthermore, there is little evidence to indicate which palliative care interventions are effective. Here, we describe the contours of a study that aims to examine the experiences of patients, (bereaved) family caregivers and professionals, with the aim of improving our knowledge about palliative care needs in PD.
METHODS/DESIGN: We will perform a mixed methods study to evaluate the experiences of patients, (bereaved) family caregivers and palliative care professionals. In this study, we focus on Quality of Life, Quality of Care, perceived symptoms, caregiver burden and collaboration between professionals. In phase 1, we will retrospectively explore the views of bereaved family caregivers and professionals by conducting individual interviews and focus group interviews. In phase 2, 5-15 patients with PD and their family caregiver will be followed prospectively for 8-12 months. Data collection will involve semi-structured interviews and questionnaires at three consecutive contact moments. Qualitative data will be audio recorded, transcribed and analyzed using CAQDAS. If patients pass away during the study period, a bereavement interview will be done with the closest family caregiver.
DISCUSSION: This study will offer a broad perspective on palliative care, and the results can be used to inform a palliative care protocol for patients with PD. By describing the experiences of patients, (bereaved) family caregivers and professionals with palliative care, this investigation will also establish an important ground for future intervention research.
Au cours de mon année de Master 2 en Psychologie du Développement à l’université de Strasbourg, j’ai pu effectuer un stage dans deux EHPAD. Je décris dans la première partie de cet ouvrage, mon processus de professionnalisation. La deuxième partie de cet écrit est consacrée à mon mémoire de recherche. L’entrée en institution de la personne âgée est un acte symbolique qui peut être vécu comme un choc pour la personne et également pour sa famille. Cette institutionnalisation survient lorsque le maintien à domicile n’est plus possible et souvent suite à l’épuisement de l’aidant principal. Dans cet ouvrage, nous aborderons l’importance du rôle de l’aidant auprès de la personne âgée dans ce processus d’institutionnalisation, ainsi que les répercussions de la relation d’aide sur la santé de l’aidant et de l’aidé. Nous proposerons de les soutenir en mettant en place un groupe de parole pour les aidants familiaux au sein d’un EHPAD. Le but de cette recherche étant d’objectiver les bénéfices d’un tel groupe en supposant qu’il permet de diminuer le fardeau, l’anxiété, et la dépression de l’aidant. Dans un second temps, nous explorerons l’évolution des stratégies de coping. Cette recherche auprès de 4 aidantes participant au groupe de parole pendant trois mois a montré une tendance à la diminution du fardeau et de la symptomatologie dépressive mais pas de l’anxiété de l’ensemble du groupe. L’exploration de l’évolution des stratégies de coping a révélé une diminution plus importante des stratégies de coping centrées sur l’émotion au regard des deux autres centrées sur le problème et centrées sur la recherche de soutien. La littérature fait état d’une corrélation entre l’utilisation des stratégies centrées sur l’émotion et l’augmentation de l’anxiété et de la dépression. Nous pouvons supposer alors que la diminution de l’emploi de cette stratégie tendra à diminuer ce type de troubles. Ces résultats préliminaires tendent à confirmer l’intérêt et les bénéfices d’un accompagnement des familles via un groupe de parole. Il conviendrait de répliquer cette étude sur un échantillon et sur une période de participation au groupe plus important. Etendre ce type de dispositif dans les EHPAD permettrait de favoriser l’insertion des familles dans l’accompagnement des résidents. D’autant plus que les auteurs s’accordent sur les répercussions de l’épuisement de l’aidant sur la santé du proche qu’il accompagne.