The burden of caregiving among mental health nurses providing services to consumers with depression in Ghana

Tetteh Dela Deborah, Edusei Kwaku Anthony, Eric Badu, Budu Ainooson Amy, Naomi Gyamfi, Adusei Nkrumah Josephine, Maxwell Preprah Opoku

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Abstract

Purpose: The study aims to explore the burden of caregiving among mental health nurses providing services to consumers with depression in Ghana. Design and Methods: Interpretative phenomenological design and qualitative data. Findings: The study shows that several health system constraints and individual factors contribute to the burden of caregiving among mental health nurses. Health system challenges are the poor state of the psychiatric facility, while individual factors are stigmatizing attitudes, nonadherence to medication instructions, limited family support, and physical and verbal abuse. The coping strategies used by mental health nurses are self-motivation, emotional boundaries, and the perceived clinical outcomes of treatment. Practice Implications: Clinical policies, procedures, and health facility practices should adequately address caregiving challenges, to facilitate effective mental health services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-80
Number of pages9
JournalPerspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume56
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • caregiving
  • depression
  • Ghana
  • mental health nurses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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