Tanrıverdi D, Ekinci M. International Journal of Nursing Practice 2012; 18: 281–288
The effect psychoeducation intervention has on the caregiving burden of caregivers for schizophrenic patients in Turkey
This study was conducted to determine the effects psychoeducation given to caregivers of schizophrenic patients has on the level of care burdens. The model used was one group pre-test post-test pre-experimental model. It was conducted on 31 caregivers in psychiatry clinics between October 2007 and June 2008. Data were collected using the ‘Zarit Caregiver Burden Scale’ and the questionnaire form that determined the introductory features of caregivers. The study group participated in eight psychoeducation sessions. The average pre-test score of care burden for caregivers was 57.2 ± 9.9, and the average post-test score was 34.3 ± 9.9. The distinction between the average pre-test and post-test score of care burden for caregivers was significant (P = 0.001). Psychoeducation, given for caregivers of patients with schizophrenia, had a significant effect in decreasing individuals' caregiving burdens. Psychoeducation programmes directed at families should be considered as a therapeutic strategy for patients with schizophrenia.