The complexity of caring (Part 1): Detrimental health and well-being outcomes for caregivers of people with chronic wounds

Dominic UPTON, Penney UPTON, R. Alexander

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Objective: This review assesses the caregiving literature to understand what is known about health and well-being outcomes for informal carers in the context of caring for people living with chronic wounds. The first part of this review provides background information on caregiver characteristics, and physical and psychological deficits related to caregiving. The second part explores the positive aspects of caregiving through a number of moderating variables: social support, caregiving mastery, and subjective caregiver qualities. Method: A structured literature review was carried out using the databases, CINAHL Plus, PsychARTICLES, PsychINFO, and PubMed. Keywords were: ['caregiving' or 'carer' or 'caregiver'] and ['health'] and ['well-being' or 'wellbeing'] and ['quality of life' or 'QoL']. Only those articles written in the English language and published in peer-reviewed journals were considered for inclusion. Relevant book chapters and web references were also assessed for inclusion. A total of 52 references were used in the review. Result: The relationship between caregiving, health and well-being is a complex one. Much research indicates detrimental physical and psychological outcomes for caregivers of those with wounds. However, a number of moderating variables appear to 'buffer' the stress of caregiving and may even lead to positive outcomes. Conclusion: To date, there has been insufficient attention paid in the research literature to the health and well-being outcomes of carers of people living with chronic wounds. Given the predicted rise in the incidence of chronic wounds in Australia over the coming decades, it is vital that we understand how to maximise health and well-being outcomes for the carers of patients with chronic wounds
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-108
Number of pages5
JournalWound Practice and Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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