1999 issue 3

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Volume 8, issue 3

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Community team efficacy in the “Drewnica” hospital catchment area – the effect on the family burden

Ludmiła Boguszewska1, ELŻBIETA SŁUPCZYŃSKA-KOSSOBUDZKA1
1. Zakładu Organizacji Ochrony Zdrowia IPiN w Warszawie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 1999, 8, 357-364
Keywords: community team, family burden

Abstract

The effect of a community team workon the family burden resulting from one of the familymembers' mental disorders was evaluated in the "Drewnica" hospital catchment area. Subjects in thestudy were 80 care providers examined with the "Family Burden Scale" twice –before the communityteam intervention and at 12-month follow-up. Familiesof the mentally disordered receiving the traditionaltreatment indicated the following domains asthe most burdensome: the experience of permanenttension and irritation evoked by their charges, managing for them their important affairs out of home, andthe necessity of keeping them company continuously.After a year of the patients' treatment by the communityteam a major relief of the family burden wasnoted: a significant reduction in the burden level was found in 70% of the families under study. (Ed.)

Address for correspondence:
Mgr Ludmiła Boguszewska, Zakład Organizacji Ochrony Zdrowia IPiN.
Al. Sobieskiego 1/9, 02-957 Warszawa