A study of stigma among Iranian family caregivers of patients with multiple sclerosis: A descriptive explorative qualitative study

Masoudi, R. and Khayeri, F. and Rabiei, L. and Zarea, K. (2017) A study of stigma among Iranian family caregivers of patients with multiple sclerosis: A descriptive explorative qualitative study. Applied Nursing Research, 34. pp. 1-6.

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Abstract

Aim This study was done to investigate the experiences of family caregivers of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) about stigmatization in Iranian health care context. Background Stigmatization has been observed obviously among patients with MS but few studies have been conducted on stigma among the family caregivers of these patients. Methods This qualitative study with thematic analysis was done to explore this issue. Fourteen family caregivers of patients with MS were selected by purposive sampling. The data were collected through in-depth and unstructured interviews. Results Four main subthemes emerged from the analysis of the transcripts: “feeling shame”, “fear of being ridiculed by others”, “ignored by family” and “concealing disease to be secure against the perceptions of disease”. Conclusions Healthcare professionals should be encouraged to inform caregivers about social engagement strategies and to train them on the management of stigma as an important factor for the reduction of their social problems

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: cited By 0
Uncontrolled Keywords: Family caregivers, Iran, Multiple sclerosis, Qualitative study, Stigma
Subjects: WA Public Health > Public Health Education WA.18
WL Nervous system
Divisions: Faculty of Health > Department of Public Health
Reserach Vice-Chancellar Department > Community-Oriented Nursing Midwifery Research Center
Depositing User: zahra bagheri .
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2017 05:34
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 05:34
URI: http://eprints.skums.ac.ir/id/eprint/170

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