Journal title TERAPIA FAMILIARE
Author/s Ambrogio Cozzi, Lara Franzoni, Katia Romelli, Sandro Feller
Publishing Year 2011 Issue 2011/95 Language Italian
Pages 26 P. 47-72 File size 554 KB
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Vegetative state is a medical condition with a strong impact on psychological wellness of family involved in caring. This research investigates relationships, conflicts and family functioning during patient’s vegetative state, care process at home and in clinic, economic impact of the event on family, wellness caregiver. The sample was made up of 120 caregiver of patients in vegetative state cured in Lombardia (North Italy). The study centred a semi-structured interview analysed using the software ‘T-Lab’ and 2 tests: the Symbolic Drawing of the Family Life Space and SF-36 Questionnaire on State of Health. Results show as family functioning and caregiver’s wellness depends on caregiver’s role and gender, time elapsed by the event and patient’s place of care. Research noticed an extreme poverty and closure of family relations, difficulties during patient’s transfer, a strong isolation of some members of family from social activity and weak relations with extended family, strong impact on work activity on at least one of family members.
Keywords: Vegetative state, care, qualitative analysis, interview, caregiving, gender differences
Ambrogio Cozzi, Lara Franzoni, Katia Romelli, Sandro Feller, Tra <i>care</i> e <i>cure</i>: una ricerca sulle famiglie con un paziente in stato vegetativo in "TERAPIA FAMILIARE" 95/2011, pp 47-72, DOI: 10.3280/TF2011-095004