An evaluation of a wellness guide for older carers living in the community

O'Connell, Bev, Helop, Liza and Fennessy, Helen 2010, An evaluation of a wellness guide for older carers living in the community, Public health nursing, vol. 27, no. 4, July-August, pp. 302-309, doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1446.2010.00859.x.

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Title An evaluation of a wellness guide for older carers living in the community
Author(s) O'Connell, Bev
Helop, Liza
Fennessy, Helen
Journal name Public health nursing
Volume number 27
Issue number 4
Season July-August
Start page 302
End page 309
Total pages 8
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Hoboken, N.J.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 0737-1209
Keyword(s) community care
health promotion
health status
older carers
wellness guide
Summary Objective: To assess the usefulness and effectiveness of a wellness guide and to identify whether its use by a group of older ‘‘new’’ carers would make them healthier and knowledgeable of community resources. Design and Sample: Pretest, posttest measures of physical and mental health and a questionnaire with associated focus groups. A purposive sample of 21 older carers who were ‘‘new’’ carers was selected for the study. Measures: Locus of control (LOC), Short Form 12, depression anxiety stress scale, and questionnaire. Results: Participants embraced the wellness guide as an excellent resource. It
changed their behavior and improved their health on LOC measures, although changes in physical and mental health were not statistically significant. Conclusions: The wellness guide assisted carers’ preparedness for their role and enhanced their sense of personal control over demanding situations.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1525-1446.2010.00859.x
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
111708 Health and Community Services
Socio Economic Objective 920202 Carer Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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