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Support Groups for Caregivers of Elderly Relatives

Although the evidence is mixed, the general consensus is that groups for the caregivers of elderly family members have a negligible impact on mental health outcomes, measured by widely accepted psychiatric symptom, general distress, and burden scales, and by indices of socioemotional functioning. Toseland and Rossiter's careful review of this literature led them to conclude that the groups should be composed of more homogeneous subgroups of caregivers, such as separate groups for spouses and adult children, and that they should last longer, gauge more specific behavioral changes, and experiment with alternative formats and curricula. Finally, both Lavoie and Bourgeois, Schulz, and Burgio suggest that support groups may not address the unique circumstances and needs of individual caregivers, and therefore in many cases the outcomes that are measured are not relevant. Generally, family caregivers report high levels of satisfaction with their group experience, and deeply regret the fact...

Assessment of Behavioral Disorders

In 1994, Teri and Logsdon reviewed the variety of scales which have been developed fairly recently to assess behavioral disturbances. These typically are observational measures, and may be administered by researchers, clinicians, nurses, or caregivers. A major purpose of these scales is to quantify the frequency and severity of such disturbances to devise appropriate treatment strategies. Detailing the exact pattern of aggressive and disruptive behavior may result in a more objective picture of the actual problems created by such patients, facilitate behavioral intervention, and result in less reliance on psychotropic medications.

Assessing Stress and Coping in Late Life

In part, this may be due to changes in the nature of stress in late life. Stress in earlier life is more likely to be episodic in nature, such as children's crises or problems at work, whereas stressors in late life may be more likely to be chronic, for example, managing chronic illnesses or caregiving for an ill spouse. If chronic problems are successfully managed, they may not be perceived as problems per se. An 80-year-old with multiple health problems may well assert that he or she has had no problems in the past week, despite obvious impairments requiring careful management. Thus, among the old-old, interviews may be better assessments of stress than self-report instruments.

Measuring Psychiatric Symptoms

A number of different instruments have been used to measure neuropsychiatry symptoms in patients with parkinsonian disorders. These can be divided into clinical interviews that focus upon a broad range of symptoms or more focused scales. Examples of the first group include the Present Behavioural Examination (PBE) (6), Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI) (7), and Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS) (8). The PBE is a lengthy interview with a detailed assessment of behavior in patients with dementia, and requires a trained observer. The NPI is a highly structured, caregiver-based interview, which can be completed in a relatively short time depending on the amount of disturbances (see below). The BPRS was constructed essentially for schizophrenic states, and requires a trained rater. Examples of scales that assess specific syndromes in more detail are the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D) (9) and self-rating scales completed by the patients themselves (i.e., Beck Depression...

Environmental Influences on Executive Function Development

Daniel Siegel (1999) described the pivotal role of interpersonal attachment in shaping neural networks throughout life, particularly during infancy and early childhood when the youngster is least able to regulate the intensity of his own emotions. When a parent or other caretaker responds to an infant's distress with soothing comfort, the disorganizing effects of the infant's stress are reduced and networks for self-calming are strengthened. In addition, when the caretaker echoes the infant's pleasurable reactions to daily events with warmth and enthusiasm, these more positive emotions are amplified and networks for pleasure are strengthened. Siegel refers to this emotional interaction of infant and caretaker as attunement. He sees it as the foundation for the emotional attachment of the infant to caregivers. Siegel argues that this process of attunement between infant and caregiver has a direct effect on the physical development of the infant's brain. He notes that those neural...

Are there any MS groups that I can look into for additional help

The people at the meetings by and large are there for positive reasons. They are generally well informed and well meaning. Additionally, there are the usual characters the newly diagnosed person in denial who is sure it was a misdiagnosis and expects never to be at another meeting the recently diagnosed person who expressed the same denial at a prior meeting the person who is certain of and has all of the answers the bee sting aficionado the lonely soul who has no other social contact the nervous caregiver who eats cookies nonstop and me. All of these people come together with stories that are unique, unnerving, empowering, irritating, enlightening, heartbreaking, tiring, and fascinating.

Laying Out a Lifeline

Questions About Mother (or other caregiver) Questions About Father (or other important caregiver) 1. What was my father's personality like Start by reflecting on your childhood. You may jump-start your memory by talking with relatives or by looking through old photo albums. Then move on to answer the questions about your parents or caregivers as well as the questions about your childhood and adolescence. Don't worry about getting all the details right just do the best you can. Memories aren't always completely accurate, but, in a powerful way, they impact the way you feel today.

Group Composition and the Bases of Similarity

Once it is conceded that experiential similarity serves as a stronger basis for mutual identification and empathic understanding than structural similarity based on age or marital status, for example, questions arise concerning how similar the common experience must be in order for the participants to attend and compare themselves to one another, and to develop bonds of affection and belonging. For example, for a group of recent widows, their bereavement is probably not sufficient to level differences based on the cause and age of their partner's death. It is unlikely that widows whose husbands had died of heart attacks would perceive themselves to be in the same boat'' as widows whose husbands had been murdered or killed in a traffic accident or who had died in the line of wartime fire or by taking their own lives. The same careful consideration of the bases of similarity is warranted in planning the composition of virtually every group for people who have undergone stressful life...

Epidemiology And Implications Of Neuropsychiatric Features In Parkinsonian Disorders

Second, caring for a patient with a parkinsonian disorder is associated with considerable emotional, social, and physical distress (33-35). Neuropsychiatric symptoms of PD patients, such as depression, cognitive impairment, delusions, and hallucinations, have been found to be significant and independent contributors to the perceived burden in spouses of these patients (33). Third, a substantial proportion of patients with parkinsonian disorders are admitted to nursing homes (36). In addition to motor symptoms and functional impairment, neuropsychiatric symptoms such as cognitive impairment and psychosis have been found to be independent predictors of nursing home admission in parkinsonsian patients (37,38). Both higher need for care and increased caregiver burden may contribute to the relationship between nursing home admission and neuropsychiatric symptoms. Fourth, neuropsychiatric symptoms may increase the economic costs in patients with parkinsonism. In a recent study of patients...

Evaluating CNS Biomarkers for Alzheimers Disease

There are more than 50 medical, neurological, and psychiatric diseases considered in the differential diagnosis of dementia (Mayeux et al., 1993). Alzheimer's disease (AD) is by far the most common cause of dementia DSM-IV and ICD-10 criteria follow closely on the NINCDS-ADRDA guidelines first published in 1984 (McKhann et al., 1984). Because of these common standards, diagnostic procedures for AD are remarkably uniform throughout the world. In a survey I conducted of 26 centers specialized for AD care in the US, Europe, and Japan, 6 items out of a menu of 16 procedures were specified as essential steps in the diagnosis of AD. These procedures were history of illness, generally obtained from a spouse, caregiver, or other knowledgeable informant physical examination, including a neurological examination and psychiatric assessment as indicated laboratory blood tests to exclude underlying medical or metabolic conditions that can masquerade as dementia a mental status test psychometric...

Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma

Twenty-five percent of all patients who present with MTC have MEN type IIA or IIB or FMTC. Because of this, we feel that genetic testing should be considered in all patients with MTC. An in-depth family history with close attention to any relatives with severe hypertension or thyroid and adrenal tumors is essential. A careful review of systems to identify any evidence of symptomatic pheochromo-cytoma or hyperparathyroidism should be conducted. The caregiver should also note any pheno-typic physical characteristics that might suggest MEN type IIB. If a RET mutation is found on genetic screening, all family members are tested for the same mutation. Patients found to have a mutation in the RET proto-oncogene should undergo biochemical testing for pheochromocytoma prior to operation if possible. Failure to identify a pheochro-mocytoma in a patient who undergoes thyroid surgery can have disastrous consequences as induction of anesthesia may cause a catechol surge with

Subacute Care and Management

In addition to access to acute stroke care, referral to stroke centers may also be important for the comprehensive quality of care in all patients presenting to the hospital with stroke.45 A study of patterns of care among patients with suspected stroke presenting to the EDs in rural East Texas hospitals revealed that head CT was performed in only 88 and ECG was performed in only 85 of patients blood pressure lowering was inappropriately aggressive, yielding pressures below current recommendations.5 Other studies have shown that telephone consultation for cognitive testing may provide a useful method for the diagnosis of poststroke dementia.46 Even after discharge, telemedicine-enabled family discussions may be helpful for caregivers of stroke survivors.47 In addition, telemedicine is useful for stroke rehabilitation in the subacute or postdischarge setting.48

Definition And Overview

This chapter sets out the distinguishing characteristics of support groups, including their basic structural properties and formats. It explains the theoretical justification for this type of psychosocial intervention, and delves into the social influence processes that arise during the course of the intervention. Drawing on recent reviews of support groups for cancer patients and family caregivers of elderly persons, it weighs the empirical evidence concerning the mental health impact of such groups, spotlighting aspects of their design, composition, and process that deserve greater attention in the future.

Executive Functions and the Tasks of Childhood

The child's performance on each of these tasks is initially micromanaged on behalf of the child by parents, older siblings, or other caregivers, until the child is able to perform the tasks alone. Each of these tasks involves many steps and depends on some combination of those executive functions described in Chapter 2. For very young children, executive functions are performed by parents, older siblings, or other caregivers in virtually every situation. These guardians, present almost constantly during the young child's waking hours, protect and guide the child until, gradually, the child learns to manage an increasing range of situations for herself. Seeing this, most caretakers allow and encourage the child to do more for herself while they continue to provide support for those more challenging situations that may exceed the child's present abilities. Assessing the child's readiness to handle new situations usually requires gauging the child's competence in using the needed...

Epidemiologic Aspects

The natural history of PSP, as evaluated by surveying a large sample of caregivers of living and deceased patients with PSP (12) and by retrospectively evaluating the medical records of a small sample of autopsy-confirmed cases (40), found that onset of falls during the first year, early dysph-agia, and incontinence predicted a shorter survival time. Similar predictors of survival were identified in a recently published record-based study of 187 PSP patients of which 33 were examined by the investigators, but none of those who died during follow-up underwent autopsy confirmation (14). These investigators found that classification as probable PSP according to the NINDS-SPSP criteria was associated with a poorer survival. In particular, they found that onset of falls, speech problems, or diplopia within 1 yr and swallowing problems within 2 yr, were associated with a worse prognosis.

Ethical Issues with PEG Tube and Artificial Nutritional Support

Although PEG placement should not be expected to affect aspiration of contaminated oropharyngeal secretions, diverting the level of feeding from the mouth to a lower level in GI tract probably does decrease risk of gastroesophageal reflux and ultimately aspiration pneumonia. PEG placement to help heal pressure sores is more controversial. Empiric sense and previous literature would suggest that improving nutritional status should improve wound healing. However, in the population at risk for decubitus pressure sores, PEG placement is often accompanied by increased use of restraints. Also, PEG placement does not guarantee that nutritional requirements will be met. As a result of these factors, there is often imperceivable improvement in the healing of pressure sores. In dementia, PEG placement probably does not improve quality of life for the patients. However, care of the patient is probably more manageable, and often, families and caregivers report improved quality of life as a result...

Support as a Means or as an

When program planners consider participants' needs for supplemental coping resources, they must assess not only the kind of resources that are needed, but also how long they will be needed. Earlier, evidence was presented in favor of the efficacy of longer term groups for patients with advanced cancer and for family caregivers. It stands to reason that the duration of the support group should be matched to the duration of the adjustment demands faced by the participants. Chronic disorders, disease, and life difficulties may require ongoing or prolonged support, whereas time-

Antimicrobialresistant Microorganisms

Strategies to prevent and control the emergence and spread of antimicrobial-resistant microorganisms have been developed. These include optimal use of antimicrobial prophylaxis for surgical procedures optimizing choice and duration of empirical therapy improving antimicrobial prescribing patterns by physicians monitoring and providing feedback regarding antibiotic resistance formulating and using practice guidelines for antibiotic usage developing a system to detect and report trends in antimicrobial resistance ensuring that caregivers respond rapidly to the detection of antimicrobial resistance in individual patients incorporating the importance of controlling antimicrobial resistance into the institutional mission and climate increasing compliance with basic infection control policies and procedures and developing a plan for identifying, transferring, discharging, and readmitting patients colonized or infected with specific antimicrobial-resistant microorganisms.80

Core Characteristics Of Support Groups

The group's composition should be of paramount importance to those planning support groups since members have to be chosen in a way that will optimize their identification with one another and their participation in the group process. If they do not perceive one another as similar along certain valued dimensions, and if they do not have a common basis for comparing the feelings, actions, and thoughts that arise out of their circumstances, then the group will have little appeal to them and could actually intensify the stress they experience. For example, in composing a support group for the family caregivers of persons with dementia, practitioners must carefully weigh the importance of similarity with respect to the stage and severity of the disease (e.g., early- versus late-stage Alzheimer's), the relationship between the caregiver and relative (e.g., spouses versus daughters and daughters-in-law), and the two parties' living arrangement (e.g., living in the same or different...

Details of medical assessment

Full details of the history of the incident(s) should be obtained from the child and the caregivers. If social workers and police officers have previously talked to the child, then taking this history from them may be appropriate, especially for alleged sexual offences. Frequent repetition of the details can be very disturbing to the child.

The Ethical Dimension Rights And Wrongs

In 1995 the Fairhill Guidelines on Ethics of the Care of People with AD were published in the United States (Post and Whitehouse, 1995). These guidelines were drawn up by a focus group of professionals working in the field of dementia after a series of meetings with family caregivers and individuals with mild dementia of the Alzheimer's type. The main recommendation of the group was that physicians should inform affected individuals and their families about the diagnosis of probable AD. If a family

Management And Prognosis

Patients should be managed in an intensive care setting of a tertiary-care center whenever possible. Facilities and equipment that should be available include a quiet darkened room, suction equipment and oxygen, cardiac and respiratory monitors, a ventilator, and tracheostomy equipment. The patients must be managed by experienced caregivers skilled in ventilatory support and maintenance of cardiovascular stability. Minimizing external stimuli and maintaining intravenous hydration may be sufficient in the initial days of the illness. Sedation and muscle relaxation should be instituted, usually with diazepam (0.1-0.2 mg kg intravenously every four to six hours). Additional sedation with phenothiazines may be needed. If spasms are not adequately controlled, therapeutic paralysis may be necessary (4).

Support from family and friends

Carers are individuals and will respond in different ways to caregiving there is no substitute for asking them directly about their experiences, fears, and needs. Not all the consequences of caregiving are negative many carers report getting pleasure from being able to help someone they love. They and the patient will resent suggestions that the experience is wholly negative or, indeed, negative at all. Fewer people die at home than would like to do so. Carers' views on home deaths are largely unknown. One reason for admissions is that informal caregivers are unable to continue because of deteriorations in their own health, fatigue and psychological distress, patient's increasing level of dependency, lack of confidence in their caring abilities, and the failure of health and social services to deliver appropriate care. It is important to provide good support to informal caregivers to protect them from adverse health consequences both before and after bereavement, and to enable...

Ethical Issues And Future Directions

A discussion of clinical assessment would not be complete without noting the increased attention given to evolutionary influences. It is easy to lose sight of the fact that humans are the result of a long evolutionary process and that we carry anatomical, physiological, and psychological characteristics related to this history. An evolutionary perspective adds a valuable dimension to understanding aggression and caregiving in society, whether directed toward family members or strangers, as well as defeat states such as depression and the experiences that may be responsible. Computers will play an increasing role in helping clinicians to handle the many different kinds of data that must often be integrated. There has been considerable interest in the integration of different approaches to clinical practice. Some have explored the possible integration of behavioral and psychoanalytic approaches. Others have investigated the relationship between classical psychodynamics and object...

Hippocampal imaging in the early diagnosis of AD 1988 to 2006

Hippocampus Mci

Groucho Marx said, Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana such are my experiences in writing this summary. In 1977, as a tuition-poor Columbia University student, intrigued about the anatomical basis for dementia, I needed to develop a doctoral dissertation project. Computed Tomography (CT), introduced in 1972, was in its first generation in New York City. A fellow student told me, that at NYU, Steven Ferris was using CT scans to screen dementia patients for clinical trials. I was given the huge opportunity to examine the then short stack of NYU X-ray films and, after a chance meeting in 1978 in the hallway with a young NYU resident neurologist, Irwin Blau, and with neuroradiologist Ajax George, although I did not realize it then, my career had begun. We examined all possible scans from patients with senile dementia, patients with cognitive dysfunctions not severe enough to be called dementia which was then referred to as questionable dementia, other poorly understood...

Reduction Of Dpdt And Treatment Of Hypertension

The therapeutic goal is a reduction of systolic blood pressure to 100 to 110 mmHg and the heart rate to 50-60 beats per minute or the lowest level commensurate with adequate vital organ (cardiac, cerebral, renal) perfusion. In otherwise healthy patients, a systolic blood pressure of 100 mmHg is well tolerated and thus a reasonable goal, but in older patients with atherosclerotic vascular disease it may be necessary to maintain a systolic blood pressure in the range of 120-130 mmHg, or greater. One should monitor mental status, cardiac symptoms, and urine output on a frequent basis to see that the organ perfusion is adequate. Also, all caregivers should be familiar with the hemodynamic targets and notify the physician if those targets cannot be maintained.

Psychological Therapies

Figure 5.3 Over half of a group of 615 patients admitted to having stopped their medication. Figure reproduced with kind permission from Hellewell, JSE. Antipsychotic tolerability the attitudes and perceptions of medical professionals, patients and caregivers towards the side effects of antipsychotic therapy. Euro Neuropsychopharmacol

What Does Healthy Cognitive Functioning Look Like

It is not surprising that many of the same cognitive mechanisms operate in different mood states, but they operate to different ends. Studies in social cognition support many of the clinical observations on which cognitive therapy is based. In 1989, Janoff-Bulman wrote about the benefits of illusion for mental health. She describes how preverbal interactions with responsive caregivers establish supraordinate schemas that are positively biased and largely reflect reality at the time they are established. One need only substitute the experience of a child with unresponsive, neglectful, or depriving caregivers to arrive at maladaptive schemas. The early interactions among people receiving good care teach them that the world is benevolent and controllable, and that they are worthy of care. Although later experience may somewhat contradict or qualify these assumptions, they will remain fundamentally intact. Evidence that does not confirm positive assumptions can be ignored, dismissed, or...

Peg Vs Radiological Or Surgical Gastrostomy

Through the PEG tube following delivery of medications and enteral feedings should be reinforced to both the patient and the caregivers. Bulking agents such as psyllium and certain resins such as cholestyramine should never be given through the PEG (13). In occasions when tube occlusion does occur, flushing the tube with a 60-cm3 syringe is recommended. Warm water is the best irrigant, and is superior to other liquids such as juices or colas (14). In the event this fails, a PEG tube brush can be used to clear the obstruction (13).

Documenting Support Group Processes

It is therefore necessary to begin documenting aspects of the process of support groups, and systematically varying their structure and emphasis to determine how the process is altered and how it affects the observed outcomes. In addition to varying the proportion of time that is devoted to education and peer discussion, group planners can vary the emphasis they place on various goals. For example, Lavoie maintains that those who have organized support groups for family caregivers have aimed to reduce the participants' stress, whereas the participants themselves have typically aimed to improve and gain confidence in their caregiving skills. Obviously, some attention should be paid to participants' goals at the outset of the intervention, and different groups can be formed to address different goals. Even when support groups are designed to blanket all the principal sources of stress and to foster improved coping, as is the case in groups for children whose parents are divorcing or for...

Executive Functions and the Brains Signaling System

Comprehensive behavioral treatment with no medication, Carefully managed medication treatment with no other treatment, A combination of comprehensive behavioral treatment with medication management, or Community treatment with a pediatrician or another caregiver of the family's choice.

Disorders of Arousal and Motivation

Prospect of being away from primary caregivers and has extreme difficulty accepting a substitute caretaker even for short intervals. When required to stay with a babysitter, spend time in day care, or to attend school, the child may become extremely agitated and panicked.

Rationales For The Implementation Of Support Groups

A second rationale for introducing support groups is based on the supposition that certain stressful events and transitions create rends in the affected parties' natural networks or overtax the resources or tolerance of network members. In circumstances that call for prolonged help from family members and friends, when stigma and embarrassment surround the affected parties, or when the victims of life events express threatening emotions, close associates are often incapable of providing needed support. In addition, there are instances when the stressor is so severe or pervasive that it restricts social participation, such as when family caregivers withdraw from employment and become homebound in order to supervise a demented relative. Similarly, people with certain medical conditions, diseases, or disabilities must often limit or surrender their social activities, with the attendant loss of valued relationships. See Coping with Stress. Second, it is widely understood that discussion...

Tailoring Treatments for Individuals and Families with ADHD

To publish stories that ADHD is a fictitious disorder or merely a conflict between today's Huck Finns and their caregivers is tantamount to declaring the earth flat, the laws of gravity debatable, and the periodic table in chemistry as a fraud. (Barkley, Cook, et al. 2002, pp. 96-98)

Lack of Adequate Resources for Assessment and Treatment

Not every community has adequate resources to provide assessment and treatment of ADD syndrome for children most do not yet have any resources for treating adolescents and adults with this disorder. For most families in developing countries and for many even in the more developed countries, access to medical care is extremely limited. Many do not have access to adequately trained physicians for life-threatening medical conditions, let alone services for mental health. Even in communities where psychologists and physicians are available, patients are often put on waiting lists for many months or even years. Moreover, even when accessible, these caregivers may or may not be familiar with current understandings of ADD and its appropriate treatment.

Neuropsychiatry Symptoms In Progressive Supranuclear Palsy

45 had memory impairment, 15 were depressed, 23 had personality changes, and 17 emotional lability (75). In another study, caregivers of 437 of the 1184 members of the Society for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (SPSP) (76) completed a structured questionnaire assessing common symptoms and signs, including cognitive and emotional personality problems. Personality and emotional problems were uncommon 2 yr prior to the diagnosis. At the time of diagnosis, however, changes in personality appeared in 46 and depression in 44 . Other personality problems, such as losing control over emotions, lack of emotions, and excessive anger, were reported in less than 30 of patients at the time of diagnosis. A UK sample of 187 patients was diagnosed according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)-SPSP criteria for probable or possible PSP. Sixty-two patients were drawn from a prevalence study and examined by the investigators, 49 of these with a structured clinical...

Components of palliative care

Wherever palliative care is used, its core ingredient is the quality of presence that the caregiver brings to the patient, a way of caring that enables discernment of the ongoing needs of the patient and family as they evolve and emphasises being alongside them. The focus is on all that is still possible in this time of multiple losses, the patient's and family's quest for meaning, and sustaining their experience of connectedness as they adapt to the challenges of the moment. Meticulous attention to the alleviation of symptoms is the foundation of care of the whole person. Important psychosocial and spiritual concerns may be eclipsed by the presence of uncontrolled pain, nausea, constipation, and the other symptoms of advanced disease. Optimal treatment demands careful assessment of the multiple contributory factors to each symptom. If increasing doses of opioid are prescribed in response to pain that is escalating due to unrecognised existential anguish, the result will be persistent...


The information and suggestions contained in this book are not intended to replace the services of your physician or caregiver. Because each person and each medical situation is unique, you should consult your own physician to get answers to your personal questions, to evaluate any symptoms you may have, or to receive suggestions on appropriate medications.


Routine infection-control measures, such as glove-gown-cohort-isolation and good handwashing are of utmost importance especially in preventing and controlling outbreaks. Cohorting of infants and personnel are important. Caregivers with concurrent illnesses should not work in the nursery.

Total Direct Cost

Informal caregiver costs The third category of total direct cost is the cost of informal caregiver time. This is the monetary value of the time of family members or volunteers who provide home care. The fourth category of total direct costs is the cost of the use of patient time.

Carer Burden

It is not only the lives of patients that are severely affected by the chronic progressive disease course, by decreased life expectancy, and by the multiple consequences of atypical parkinsonian disorders the lives of each family member and, particularly their carers, are also affected. It is likely that atypical parkinsonian disorders affect carers' physical functioning (e.g., caring affecting the carer's own health), emotional well-being (e.g., response to change in role, feelings of hopelessness and depression), and social functioning (limitations on social life), but no studies to date have assessed the different aspects of caregiver burden in these disorders. However, one study investigated the correlates and determinants of carer burden in PSP (35). In this study, the impact of PSP on carers increased with advancing disease severity and disability. Interestingly, this was most pronounced in the first 18 mo after diagnosis, but carer burden plateaued after this initial increase....

Empathic Responding

Empathic coping may result in more appropriate and well-considered coping choices that will maximize the benefits for all involved. Empathic coping may also lead to further benefits for psychological adjustment because of its impact on concurrent or subsequent use of problem- and emotion-focused coping. For example, in 1993, Kramer found that caregivers who engaged in empathic coping strategies were more likely to engage in planful problem-solving than caregivers who did not engage in empathic coping. The greater use of these strategies was related to greater caregiver satisfaction with the caregiving role. In the same study, lower use of empathic coping was related to more mal-adaptive emotion-focused coping efforts, which were in turn related to depression.

Birth and infancy

There is a sense in which when a child is first born it is even more vulnerable than in the womb. The protection of the womb is no longer there but the infant is still just as dependent on the mother (or some other caregiver) as he or she was a few hours ago. Infants do have some basic abilities, of course, otherwise they would be unable to develop at all. They have basic perceptions and are able to make basic discriminations. Perhaps the most complex of these is that from very early on they can distinguish the elements of faces from the rest of the world - clearly a very useful ability since they are so dependent on creatures with faces for their survival. At a more primitive level, they also have various necessary reflexes such as sucking and eye-blinking. And at a more sophisticated level, they can think and gather information, although both processes have a long way to go before reaching the sophistication of even a 5-year-old. caregivers gratify their children's needs and the...


At present there are no effective therapies that could slow or completely resolve patients' symptoms, however, state-of-the-art management should include the palliative treatment of patients's symptoms at the different stages of the disease, as well as providing education and support to the patient and their caregivers. In our clinical experience, both contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of patients and caregivers and help delay institutionalization. Informed patients are usually eager to participate in research and should be provided with the latest information. Anticholinergics (use cautiously ) Social services support therapy lay associations (caregiver burden) Society for PSP, Inc. Suite 515, Woodholme Medical Building, 1838 Greene Tree Road, Baltimore, MD 21208, http ) and the PSP (Europe) Association (The Old Rectory, Wappenhan, Towcester NN12 8SQ, UK,


1 Trust and mistrust are the two opposed elements in the first stage this stage occurs during infancy. The mistrust comes from the child's sudden appearance into a difficult world and this is resolved by the attachment to the mother, or main caregiver. Of course, there may well be further conflict if the trust is sometimes misplaced. In any event, the sense of trust that develops in this first stage provides hope that then lasts throughout life.

Postoperative Care

Patients are encouraged to wear a bracelet to indicate to caregivers that acute adrenocortical insufficiency may occur. Stress can precipitate an acute adrenal insufficiency (addisonian crisis). Patients should be informed about the symptoms of glucocorticoid withdrawal. They may have flulike symptoms for several months postoperatively. If they have signs of adrenal insufficiency, such as vomiting, electrolyte imbalance, or postural hypotension, they will need additional glucocorticoid treatment.56 106-108

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A suitable living donor is better than a cadaveric donor because graft survival is better and preemptive transplantation is possible. The best donor usually is a family member. Psychosocial and biological factors must be taken into account when choosing among two or more living prospective donors. Every effort must be made to ensure that the donation is truly voluntary. Caregivers should tell prospective donors that if they do not wish to donate, then friends and relatives will be told the donor was not medically suitable. (From Kasiske and coworkers 2 with permission.)

Alzheimers Disease

The emotional, physical, social, and financial costs of Alzeimer's disease to patients, families, caregivers, and society are tremendous. The estimated total cost of the disease in 1991 was estimated to be 173,932 per case. The estimated prevalence cost for both men and women for that year was 67.3 billion.20 The economic cost of care alone is greater than the cost of care for heart disease and cancer combined. If the use of estrogen could delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease by several years, there would be a substantial saving in both emotional and financial costs.

Domestic Medicine

Eighteenth-century Americans were actively involved in all aspects of medical practice, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. By the onset of the Civil War, the influence of medical experts, whether orthodox or sectarian, on the management of disease was increasing. That is, practitioners were claiming professional privilege and expertise in the treatment of disease and warning potential patients and caregivers to defer to professionals. Many orthodox physicians believed that the widespread dissemination of information about diagnosing and treating disease increased the production and influence of competitors, such as Thomso-nians, health reformers, homeopaths, and hydropaths. When writing health texts for laymen, regular physicians provided general guidance, but insisted that the management of disease required a well-qualified physician. The role of the patient was reduced to calling for a doctor and carefully following his advice. As sectarian practice became more organized and...


Along with effective communication techniques and informed consent protocols, good documentation practices can minimize a surgeon's risk of becoming a defendant in a medical malpractice suit, or at least provide a more effective defense if litigation is commenced. Although the purpose of keeping medical records is to provide subsequent caregivers with important information relevant to the patient's condition and treatment, in the context of litigation, medical records are used to demonstrate what care was or was not rendered. A standard question that plaintiffs' attorneys ask defendants at pretrial depositions is whether the defendant agrees with the adage, If it is not documented, it wasn't done. Time and time again, otherwise defensible cases are compromised because of inadequate documentation, such as failure to document an order, the time an order was given, a critical telephone call from the patient or patient's family, a critical informal consultation, or critical symptoms...

Behaving Carefully

Far more than most others of comparable age, these children depend on parents, older siblings, teachers, and other caregivers to protect them with constant vigilance and quick responses. Those who care for such children need to be on high alert, always trying to anticipate and protect against whatever dangerous move the child might try next. Compensating for the inability of these children to be careful is a demanding and exhausting responsibility and one that babysitters, grandparents, and other adults who might otherwise assist with childcare are understandably reluctant to share.


Because the results of drug treatment for the motor disorder of MSA are generally poor, other therapies are all the more important. Physiotherapy helps maintain mobility and prevent contractures, and speech therapy can improve speech and swallowing and provide communication aids. Dysphagia may require feeding via a nasogastric tube or even percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG). These management decisions should be based on careful clinical judgment, taking into account the expectations of both patient and caregivers. Occupational therapy helps to limit the handicap resulting from the patient's disabilities and should include a home visit. Provision of a wheelchair is usually dictated by the liability to fall because of postural instability and gait ataxia but not by akinesia and rigidity per se. Psychological support for patients and partners should be stressed.

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