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Title: Caregiver burden in paediatric chronic kidney disease
Author: Parham, Rhian
ISNI:       0000 0004 2729 2277
Awarding Body: Canterbury Christ Church University
Current Institution: Canterbury Christ Church University
Date of Award: 2011
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Section A provides an overview of the role of family caregivers of individuals with chronic illness, and describes key conceptualisations and theories posited in the caregiver literature. This is followed by an overview of research conducted with caregivers of children with chronic kidney disease (CKD), a summary of the limitations of this research, and suggestions for future research. Section B Despite a recognised need to monitor caregiver burden in caregivers of children with CKD, there is no measurement tool currently available to meet this aim. The present research documents the development of a measure of caregiver burden specific to family caregivers of children with CKD. Methods: Interviews were conducted with 16 caregivers of children with CKD and 10 healthcare professionals in order to generate measure items. A provisional version of the measure was developed and piloted with 18 caregivers of children with CKD and five healthcare professionals. Results: An initial pool of 97 items was generated from the content of interviews, which was reduced to 60 items following review for item redundancy. A piloting exercise provided preliminary evidence for the usability, readability, and relevance of measure items; adaptations further to piloting resulted in the 51-item ‘Paediatric Renal Caregiver Burden Scale’ (PR-CBS). Conclusions: It is hoped that the PR-CBS will serve to identify areas of need amongst caregivers of children with CKD, and in turn improve outcomes for this caregiver population and children with CKD. Section C is a critical appraisal of the conducted research study, and includes an overview of research abilities acquired during its completion, reflections on how the research may have been conducted differently, implications for future clinical practice, and ideas for future research.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF0636 Applied psychology ; RC0870 Diseases of the genitourinary system. Urology ; RJ0370 Diseases of children and adolescents ; RJ0101 Child Health. Child health services