Intervention Program to Improve Grief-Related Symptoms in Caregivers of Patients Diagnosed With Dementia
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AuthorBravo Benítez, Jorge; Cruz Quintana, Francisco; Fernández Alcántara, Manuel; Pérez Marfil, María Nieves
Frontiers Media SA
Ambiguous griefSorrowDementiaAlzheimer’s diseaseCaregiversGriefIntervention Programs
Bravo-Benítez J, Cruz-Quintana F, Fernández-Alcántara M and Pérez-Marfil MN (2021) Intervention Program to Improve Grief-Related Symptoms in Caregivers of Patients Diagnosed With Dementia. Front. Psychol. 12:628750.[doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.628750]
The objectives of the present study were to adapt a grief intervention program to family caregivers of patients with dementia, and assess its effectiveness in improving the symptoms of grief and other health-related variables. The intervention was based on Shear and Bloom’s grief intervention program, with the necessary adaptations for use in the grieving process for a family member’s illness. A total of 52 family caregivers of individuals with dementia participated. They were evaluated using a battery of self-report measures assessing grief, overload, resilience, post-traumatic growth, experiential avoidance, health-related quality of life, and benefits of care. The results suggest that the program is effective in improving grief symptoms, caregiver burden, resilience, post-traumatic growth, and quality of life of family caregivers. It is necessary to create and implement interventions targeting caregivers’ feelings andmanifestations of ambiguous grief, because there is a lack of programs providing an efficient solution for the mental and physical health of caregivers, and because of the human and socioeconomic cost involved in neglecting this group.