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Needs assessment of caregivers of people with HIV/AIDS.

Research paper by S L SL Theis, F L FL Cohen, J J Forrest, M M Zelewsky

Indexed on: 01 May '97Published on: 01 May '97Published in: Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care



Abstract

This descriptive study assessed 34 caregivers of people with HIV/AIDS to learn their perceived needs, concerns, and use of services. Results indicated the most common health problems of the care recipient were fatigue and weight loss; care recipients needed help with climbing stairs, walking, and bathing; caregivers helped with the household chores, transportation, and companionship; caregivers were concerned about coping with loss and responsibilities; caregivers had help from family, case manager, and neighbor; caregivers wanted help such as a companion and counseling. Discussion relates to the implications of the study for health care professionals.