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Title: Towards a more liveable life for close relatives of individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder
Authors: Rusner, Marie
Carlsson, Gunilla
Brunt, David
Nyström, Maria
Department: University of Borås. School of Health Sciences
Issue Date: 2013
Journal Title: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
ISSN: 1445-8330
Volume: 22
Issue: 2
Pages: 162-169
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Media type: text
Publication type: article, peer reviewed scientific
Subject Category: Subject categories::Social Sciences Interdisciplinary::Nursing::Other Health Sciences
Strategic Research Area: Integrated nursing science
Abstract: The life of close relatives of persons with bipolar disorder (BD) is associated with emotional distress, depression and a high level of use of mental health care. Illness-related changes of the life situation endanger relationships, social life, finances and occupational functioning. Understanding of facilitating conditions for close relatives is still a neglected research area. The aim of the present study was thus to explore what makes the life of close relatives of persons with BD more liveable. A lifeworld phenomenological approach was used. The findings reveal that keeping distance, having stability in everyday life and strengthening equality through transparent communication are conditions that enable close relatives to influence the unpredictable and its consequences and thus make life more liveable. This implies contributions from close relatives, the person with BD and the caring services. We propose that healthcare support should not be divided in support for the patient and/or the close relatives but instead be designed as support for the 'patient and close relatives' as a unit. Professional caregivers need to take responsibility for creating intersubjective settings for the person with BD and their close relatives to share their needs and make joint plans for how to influence the illness-related life issues.
DOI: 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2012.00852.x
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