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Development of a psychological well-being scale for family caregivers in palliative care.
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PMID:  22348864     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
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OBJECTIVE: A Psychological Well-being Scale for Caregivers (PWS-C) was developed to screen for psychological distress among family caregivers in a Palliative Care Unit for patients with advanced cancer.
METHODS: To study the psychometric properties of the 11-item PWS-C which consisted of 5 subscales; 132 family caregivers completed the PWS-C, of whom 70 also answered the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) questionnaire. Results of 15 caregivers who had received psychological intervention and completed the PWS-C before and after treatment were compared.
RESULTS: The internal consistency and test-retest reliability of the scale were found to be satisfactory. A 4-factor structure was identified. Items for Life Meaning and Social Support subscales were accounted for by 1 factor. The subscales of Emotional Distress, Caregiving Inadequacy, and Hospital Care were accounted for by 3 other factors. The PWS-C subscale scores were moderately correlated with HADS scores. Significant changes in the subscales of Social Support and Life Meaning of the PWS-C were identified in pre-post treatment comparisons, which indicated the potential utility of the scale as an outcome measure.
CONCLUSIONS: The PWS-C could be a reliable and valid tool useful for screening and measuring the outcome of psychological interventions for psychological well-being / distress reduction, for caregivers of patients receiving palliative care.
Authors:
K K Wu; V W Cho; A Li; W T Chen; D M Tse
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  East Asian archives of psychiatry : official journal of the Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists = Dong Ya jing shen ke xue zhi : Xianggang jing shen ke yi xue yuan qi kan     Volume:  20     ISSN:  2224-7041     ISO Abbreviation:  East Asian Arch Psychiatry     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-02-21     Completed Date:  2012-03-28     Revised Date:  2012-08-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101536416     Medline TA:  East Asian Arch Psychiatry     Country:  China    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  109-15     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Clinical Psychology Department, Caritas Medical Centre, Shamshuipo, Hong Kong SAR, China. wukyk@ha.org.hk
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