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Instructions on Completing the Piads Caregiver Version

When instructing a caregiver on how to complete the PIADS on behalf of a client, stick as closely as possible to the script given below. Do not define the words and phrases which makeup the PIADS items unless the caregiver asks for help. If the caregiver is not sure how the item applies, tell him her that if he she cannot decide whether the assistive device has had a positive or negative effect with regard to that word or phrase, then he she should put a mark in the 0 box, to indicate no effect. Be sure the client understands that every item on the PIADS must be answered. There is no Not Applicable option. Also, check to see that the caregiver is not responding randomly or giving the same response to each item without sufficient consideration. If the caregiver asks for a definition for a PIADS item, give the explanation for the item which is in the PIADS glossary. Remind the caregiver that there are no right or wrong answers on the PIADS, and that every item must be answered. The...

Transient Global Amnesia

Decline in Personal Hygiene and Grooming. The caregivers' accounts of failure to wash, bathe, groom, apply makeup, and dress appropriately as before are reinforced by clinical observations of unkemptness, body odor, clothing stains, garish makeup, and inappropriate clothing combinations.

Discharge And Home Healthcare Guidelines

When the infant is ready for discharge, make sure the caregiver understands any medications that are required at home. Instruct the parents to recognize the signs of increasing respiratory obstruction, and advise them when to take the child to an emergency department. If the child is cared for at home, provide the following home care instructions

Clinical Trial Issues

Various clinical instruments have been used in the diagnosis of AD and can be used to monitor drug efficacy. These include the AD Assessment Scale (ADAS), noncognitive versus cognitive (cog), the Blessed Dementia Scale (BDS), the Blessed Information Memory Concentration (BIMC), the Behavior Rating Scale for Dementia (BRSD), the Clinical Dementia Rating (six categories CDR), the Clinician's Interview-based Impression of Change (CIBIC), the Sum of Boxes (Global CDR, CDR-SB), the Dementia Rating Scale (DRS), the Extended Scale for Dementia (ESD), Global Deterioration Scale (GDS), the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), the Progressive Deterioration Scale (PDS), and the Severe Impairment Battery (SIB).27 Each scale measures both cognitive ability and activity of daily living but they are difficult to compare as their absolute ranges are very different, making comparison of results across clinical trials using different scales difficult. Thus, the only basis to compare data is on the...

Pharmacologic Highlights

Important priorities are to maintain an adequate level of functioning, prevent complications, support the recuperative process, and provide information about the disease process, prognosis, and treatment. Patients, and caregivers in the case of infants, need to be educated about decreasing the risk of spreading CMV infection. Secretions, particularly in infants, are apt to contain the virus.

Diagnostic Assays For Evaluation Of Infant And Mother

Most experts do not recommend termination when a woman has varicella during pregnancy unless obvious birth defects are present on ultrasound, as noted in this section (7). The risk to the fetus of being born with a serious birth defect due to varicella is on the order of about 2 , which is not much greater than the overall risk of 4 without varicella. Obviously, however, the caregiver needs to provide a great deal of counseling in this situation because of its uncertainties.

Suicide History Taking

Thoughts and feelings is highly cathartic. Thoughts of suicide while providing some measure of consolation and control may also be frightening, distressing, and painful. Sharing suicidal feelings with an empathic listener is not only relieving but may also provide the patient with a new perspective. To resolve a suicidal crisis, it is important to reestablish bonds, provide the patient with a supportive network of family, loved ones, friends, and caregivers, and identify and treat psychiatric disorders. Crisis intervention, networking, and ongoing psychiatric care may help prevent suicide.

Trauma And Interpersonal Effects

Although the majority of people exposed to trauma appears to be resilient to the experience (Bonanno, 2004), that is not the case for survivors of childhood abuse because such abuse typically involves repeated trauma at the hands of a trusted caregiver. In fact, for women with symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the most common etiology is childhood sexual or physical abuse (Kessler, Sonnega, Bromet, Hughes, & Nelson, 1995). When trauma involves childhood sexual abuse, the long-term effects may

NOC Knowledge Treatment Regimen

Tracheostomy care for the child (if applicable), family, and other significant caregivers observe return demonstrations teaching should include tracheostomy site assessment, suctioning techniques, tracheostomy site care, tracheostomy changes, and emergency protocols. Instruct all caregivers on CPR, with return demonstrations encouraged reinforce with written materials or video.

Functional Assessment and Impact

2002a), in which a computer chip embedded in the top of the pill bottle automatically records the date, time, and duration of pill bottle opening. While these medication management assessment techniques are not part ofa traditional neuropsychological battery, patients with neuropsychological deficits and their significant others or caregivers should be asked about their (or the patient's) medication adherence. The Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Scale (Lawton and Brody, 1969) can be used to assess complaints about the inability to accomplish instrumental activities of daily living. This scale assesses the ability to perform tasks such as preparing meals, managing finances, and taking medications properly. For patients with functional impairments, visiting nurse service, a home health aide, or an occupational therapy referral may be appropriate. For patients with cognitive impairments who drive, a driving evaluation is recommended.

Harold W Goforth Mary Ann Cohen and James Murrough

Mood disorders have complex synergistic and catalytic interactions with HIV infection. They are significant factors in nonadherence to risk reduction and to medical care. Mood disorders associated with HIV include illness- and treatment-related depression and mania, responses to diagnoses of HIV, and comorbid primary mood disorders such as major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder. While persons with HIV and AIDS may have potentially no or multiple psychiatric disorders, alterations in mood are frequent concomitants of HIV infection. They have a profound impact on quality oflife, level ofdistress and suffering, as well as direct and indirect effects on morbidity, treatment adherence, and mortality. In this chapter we will describe the significance of each of the mood disorders and their impact on the lives ofpersons with HIV and AIDS and on their families and caregivers. More detailed discussions of the epidemiology and prevalence of mood disorders are found in Chapter 4....

And Significant Others

Within palliative care, hope should also be considered for those who are close to the patients either personally or professionally. Caring for someone close can be very stressful and has been associated with causing psychological and social distress in carers, and therefore with caregiver burden (Kissane et al. 1997 Pitceathly and Ma-guire 2003 Siegel et al. 1991). Pitceathly and Maguire (2003) found, in their review of the psychological impacts of cancer on patients' partners and other key relatives, that most people can cope with the role of caregiver, but that there are an important few that become highly distressed or develop an affective disorder. Farran et al. (1991) suggested that hope was one of the important factors in supporting the ability of carers to cope with the care-giving role under difficult circumstances. The importance of hope to families and care-givers alike has been supported in other research (Herth 1993 Hickey 1990), and it is believed that the presence of...

Pediatric Forensic Pathology

Essential to a correct diagnosis in all infant deaths is the history. The medical personnel who first see these children and interact with the families have the best opportunity to find out from the caregiver what occurred. All statements should be recorded shortly after they have been made. Frequently, the history of how an injury occurred is inconsistent with the pattern and type of injury discovered by the pathologist.

Battered Child Syndrome

These children have a history of being repeatedly beaten by a caregiver. The injuries occur over a period of weeks, months, and years. Usually there are numerous injuries of different ages. It is common to see a child with healing rib fractures and old contusions in addition to the recent injuries which caused death. The external injuries to the head from blunt trauma may only be visible on the undersurface of the scalp. Contusions of the trunk may be readily apparent or absent even though there are fatal injuries to the internal organs.

The Developmental Basis of Psychotherapeutic Processes

Earlier affective interactions between a baby and his or her caregiver (e.g., a smile begetting a smile). At each stage of early cognitive development, emotional interactions lead the way. The meaning of words, early quantity concepts ( a lot to a 21 2-year-old is more than he expects a little is less than he wants), logical and abstract thinking, and even important components of grammar depend on specific types of emotional interactions (Greenspan, 1997b Greenspan & Wieder, 1999). Similarly, early ego development can now be traced to specific types of early emotional interactions. For example, complex reciprocal affective interactions in the second year of life enable children to begin integrating affective polarities and form a more integrated sense of self.

Developmental profile

In the DIR model of development, there are three dynamically related influences on development. Biological, including genetic, influences affect what the child brings into his or her interactive patterns. They do not act directly on behavior, but on part of the child-caregiver interactive process. Cultural, environmental, and family factors influence what the caregiver or interactive partner brings into the interactions. The resultant child-caregiver interactions then determine the relative mastery of six core developmental processes (e.g., regulation, relating, preverbal affective reciprocity). Symptoms or adaptive behaviors are the result of these stage-specific affective interactions.

Administration of the PIADS

Respondents are told why they are completing the scale and asked to select the box that best represents how they are affected by wearing or using their device. They must be asked to respond as honestly as they can and to respond in light of how they are affected by the device as opposed to how they would like to be affected by the device. It is important that the respondents thoroughly understand the instructions. It is preferable that the test administrator be present during the administration to answer questions. (See the instructions on how to administer the PIADS from respondent and caregiver perspectives.) The PIADS may also be used to assess a respondent's expectations of device impact (i.e., anticipated impact, prior to using the device). In this instance, there is a modified set of instructions that can be given.

Clinical Pathways A Method Of Achieving Outcomes Across The Continuum Of Care

Well-designed nursing care plans and or care maps move the client from one level of care on the health continuum to another. These tools help the nurse to monitor and guide the progress of the client through a particular health condition including preventive and restorative phases and end-of-life care. Care planning organizes and coordinates client care according to relevant standards, promotes consistency and communication between caregivers, and incorporates the problem-solving process which integrates responsiveness to client needs and cost-efficiency.

Severe Mental Illness And Hiv Risk

The incorporation of friends and family into the treatment plan can improve adherence to treatment and reinforce consistency of the treatment message, as well as provide support to these caregivers. Occasionally, issues arise because of delusions the schizophrenic patient has concerning the HIV infection itself. The most common of these is the belief that the patient does not have an HIV infection and that the situation is a hoax, created to monitor the patient's activity or somehow control the patient (Treisman and Angelino, 2004). Again, adequate antipsychotic treatment combined with a consistent but supportive message from the family, psychiatric team, and HIV team can address delusions and hallucinations that interfere with HIV treatment.

Obstetric And Developmental Effects

IQ scores (though still in the normal range) on the Stanford-Binet for children prenatally exposed to cocaine in combination with other drugs this study also identified mediating variables such as home environment, head circumference, and child behavior. In addition, a large study found that cocaine-exposed children were twice as likely to be significantly delayed developmentally throughout the first 2 years of life and were twice as likely to require intervention as the noncocaine polydrug-exposed comparison group. These cognitive delays were not due to exposure to other drugs or to covariates. Furthermore, poorer cognitive outcomes were related to higher levels of prenatal cocaine exposure (Singer et al., 2002). In addition to cognitive delays, 2-year-olds who had been prenatally exposed to both PCP and cocaine were found to utilize less mature play strategies and to evidence less sustained attention, more deviant behaviors, and poorer quality interactions with caregivers (Beckwith...

Case Example Of The Dir Developmental Profile

In cases like this, with a little child who can elaborate themes, I found that many therapists would focus predominantly on the content of the child's themes (in this case, her preoccupation with sexual and aggressive themes) and obviously want to explore the family dynamics that were contributing, including questions of sexual abuse, sexual play with other children or babysitters, or overstimulation due to exposure to sexual materials or witnessing sexual scenes. But our profile, in addition to alerting us to these factors, also alerts us to the fact that there is a lack of mastery of critical early phases of development, including an ability for consistent attention, engagement, and the earliest types of affective reciprocity. When, for example, children cannot match the content of their interests to their affects, it often suggests that early in life, a caregiver was unable to enter into reciprocal gesturing around certain affective inclinations. For example, the way children learn...

Heidi E Hutton and Glenn J Treisman

The risk behaviors that transmit HIV and complicate HIV treatment are often influenced by psychiatric disorders. Major depression, substance abuse, and chronic mental illness are problems that commonly complicate HIV treatment, but none can generate more distress and dissention among medical providers than personality problems. Caregiver burnout, failure to establish stable medical care relationships, and excessive resource utilization have been associated with certain personality traits and disorders. There has been relatively little research on the role of personality traits in HIV despite their stable, durable, and heritable influence on thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Certain traits, however, appear to increase the likelihood of engaging in HIV risk behaviors, having poorer quality of life and management of HIV, and adhering to treatment regimens. Effective HIV prevention and treatment programs should consider specific personality traits that render some individuals more...

Communication for Efficient Teamwork

The patient and his family should be the centre of the interdisciplinary team, and the information about how they live through illness and its multiple consequences is essential to plan appropriate care. In this sense, the patient and his family should take part in all decisions, since they are the only ones who can express what is most meaningful at each moment of their illness. Patients are our teachers, but only if we, as team members, are able to listen attentively to them with our minds and our hearts. Handling information concerning a patient within the team needs perceptiveness, tact and sensitivity. Everything that has been said to one caregiver in an authentic and trustful climate does not necessarily need to be shared with the whole team. The profound meanings behind words are to be received as real gifts in a spirit of human fraternity, from human being to human being. On the other hand, there are some situations when the patient asks the caregiver to keep a secret for...

Building a Common Vision and Sharing Leadership

In order to work as efficiently as possible within the interdisciplinary team, there is a need for building a common vision based on individual visions of the different team members. A common vision can be a fantastic motor for the team, as long as the team members as a group take time to think through the following questions Which values do we share What are our common objectives, meaning the objectives that we all can stick to together As persons and as a group, which are our strong and weak points How do we use our strong points complementarily for the patient's and his caregiver's benefit How do we manage to remedy to our weak points According to Senge 9 , a common vision is the answer to this question What do we want to create together and how are we going to do so It seems relatively evident that the preoccupations of the team are, or should be, centred on the patient's and caregiver's family's quality of life. But it is less evident that the team also has to look at its own...

Stimulus delivery system

Required to electrically stimulate the muscle and allows easier access to muscles that lie deeper under the skin. The drawback to this method, however, is that the skin has been compromised, which can lead to skin irritation and possible infection. This requires greater diligence on the part of the motor prosthesis user, or, more likely, the attendant or caregiver, to keep the entrance sites for the electrode clean. Percutaneous electrodes are also susceptible to breakage due to stress at the skin-muscle interface, requiring the reinsertion of new electrodes.

Aids Palliative Care And Death And Dying

They can also provide an impetus for overall life review, which can prove quite distressing to a patient who is unprepared for this process. These decisions are increasingly complicated and distressing, as recent political actions have been taken to limit the ability of same-sex couples to enter contracts approximating marriage with survival benefits. Dying patients must struggle with the impact of their dying on loved ones and caregivers, and caregiver distress can frequently lead to burnout and suboptimal care for the patient.

Case Example Of Depression

Caregivers as well as the presence of specific concrete objects serve security and communicative purposes. Around 18 to 24 months, however, under optimal circumstances, they develop the ability to create internal images, as Mahler and others (1975) described so well. These internal images become invested with certain wishes and feelings. Once children can create images, these can obviously be used for self-soothing as well as for fantasizing about anger. Once individuals have the flexibility to create representational images, they can create a temporary sense of security and experiment with anger while embraced in the safety of real relationships. Many individuals, for a variety of reasons, cannot create aspects of mental representations, often because of early conflicts in their prerepresen-tational stage and or certain regulatory patterns. I believe this scenario holds true for the woman discussed here, where the seeking of dependency and support was involved in behavioral-level...

Appropriate Respondents and Applications

The applicability of the SEIQoL may be limited in illnesses which impair cognitive functioning or motivational state (Coen et al. 1993). Successful completion requires, inter alia, insight into the factors which determine one's QoL, the ability to think abstractly, the ability to make judgments based on information presented in diagrammatic form, and the ability to provide ratings using vertical and horizontal visual analogue scales (O'Boyle et al, 1993). Therefore, its use with patient groups in whom these abilities are impaired may be problematic and may necessitate modification of the standard form of the SEIQoL or use of another respondent such as a caregiver or 'significant other'. In such cases the estimate of QoL will be indirect and should be designated as such.

Fatigue In Multiple Sclerosis

Fatigue in multiple sclerosis has been defined by the 1998 Paralyzed Veterans of America Multiple Sclerosis Council for Clinical Practice Guidelines as a subjective lack of physical and or mental energy that is perceived by the individual or caregivers to interfere with usual or desired activities.

Common Treatment Obstacles And Possible Solutions

Supportive caregiver involvement is the ideal for the model described above however, this involvement may not always be possible. Although the model can be applied to children individually, it is best to find some outside source of adult support. If a caregiver is not available, other adults in the child's life, such as a caseworker, relative, or family friend, may be able to participate in some aspects of treatment. in cases where a caregiver is present but does not believe the child's allegations of abuse and is clearly standing by the perpetrator, it may be best to recommend individual therapy for the caregiver. A long-term goal could be to reunite the child and caregiver for joint sessions, once the caregiver is able to provide more appropriate levels of support to the child. on the other hand, nonoffending parents who are trying to be supportive but are struggling with initial feelings of shock, disbelief, and or ongoing feelings for the perpetrator may respond well to this...

Conclusions And Recommendations

Other individual serving in a guardian role. Helping a caregiver to function as a supportive resource for a child has value that may exceed what a therapist can offer in weekly sessions and may produce therapeutic benefits that last long after therapy has terminated. Thus, when possible, it behooves therapists to engage both nonoffending maternal and paternal figures in the therapy process. Second, it appears that the structure and directive nature of the CBT model enables parents and children to focus effectively on skills and or information relevant to overcoming the traumatic experience(s). The results from several studies in which nondirective and or client-centered approaches were utilized indicate that children are not likely to focus on the abuse without the structured and directive guidance of a skilled therapist. Wolfelt, A. D. (1996). Healing the bereaved child Grief gardening, growth through grief and other touchstones for caregivers. Fort Collins, Co Companion Press.

James Murrough and Mary Ann Cohen

Advanced HIV infection are vulnerable to multiple causes of dementia, the most common of which is HAD. HIV-associated dementia is a metabolic enceph-alopathy caused by viral replication in brain macrophages and microglia and associated inflammatory and neurotoxic host responses (Gendelman et al., 1998 Zink et al., 1999 Anderson et al., 2002 Kaul et al., 2005). HAD is characteristic of a subcortical dementia in which cognitive decline, motor slowing, and behavior changes are predominant (Clifford, 2002). For a more detailed and thorough description of HAD we refer the reader to Chapters 3 and 19 of this volume. In this chapter we describe some of the behavioral consequences of HAD and their impact on persons with HAD, on their families, and on their care-givers. Caregivers of persons with HAD face multiple challenges that require special education and training. Some of the unique manifestations of HAD include accidental firesetting, violent behavior, and the repetitive taking of other...

Accidental Firesetting

It is important that caregivers be aware of this potentially dangerous behavior among persons with HIV. We strongly recommend programs of smoking cessation. Ideally, all health care environments should be smoke free for fire prevention and for the health of both patients and staff. Smoking should be prohibited except with direct staff supervision and preferably out of doors with supervision. Staff education and frequent fire drills are important. Warning signs of unsafe smoking include severe dementia, delirium, visual impairment, and neuropathy. Specific measures that can be taken to decrease the risk of firesetting include limiting unsupervised cigarette smoking, providing flame-retardant clothing, and encouraging smoking cessation.

Severely and Persistently Mentally Ill Populations

Several investigators have examined integrated treatments for SPMI adults. Effectiveness trials by Drake and colleagues have obtained more success in decreasing substance use (Drake et al., 1998 McHugo, Drake, Teague, & Xie, 1999) and hospitalization (McHugo et al., 1999) than in diminishing psychiatric symptoms (Drake, Yovetich, Bebout, Harris, & McHugo, 1998 Drake et al., 1998) or improving functional status or quality of life (Drake et al., 1997). However, these interventions did not compare patients randomized to different treatments. Rather, treatment clinics were assigned to administer one intervention versus another. A recent review of the prospective, controlled trials of integrated treatment programs for SPMI dually diagnosed individuals (Jeffery, Ley, McLaren, & Siegfried, 2003) concluded that methodological flaws precluded determining whether one particular integrated treatment model is more effective than another, or whether integrated treatment in general is superior to...

Theoretical Constructs

And replace autism with the term presymbiosis here. The second stage is normal symbiosis, in which the infant functions as if the caregiver and infant form a dual unity, occurring from about 2 to 4 months of age. The third stage, separation-individuation, has been divided by Mahler into subphases differentiation (about 4 to 11 months), in which the infant shifts from an inward-directed focus to outward-directed tension and alertness practicing (about 11 to 17 months), in which the newly mobile infant moves away from the symbiotic orbit to explore the world, returning to the mother periodically for refueling rapprochement (about 18 to 24 months), in which the toddler becomes increasingly aware of his or her vulnerability and thus seeks closeness with the mother, yet simultaneously has a strong need for separateness and autonomy and on the way to object constancy (about 24 to 36 months), in which the toddler increasingly separates from the mother while integrating the good and bad parts...

Complications And Obstacles For Fap Therapists In Treating Complex Ptsd

Efforts to understand therapists' and caregivers' reactions to traumatic material and to provide help for them are underway (Cadell, Regehr, & Hemsworth, 2003 Figley, 2002 Follette et al., 1994 Jenkins & Baird, 2002 Holmqvist & Anderson, 2003 Pearlman & Mac Ian, 1995). This new effort is not surprising, given that over 50 or professionals who work with trauma report feeling distressed and 27 report experiencing extreme distress (Meldrum, King, & Spooner, 2002). Working with traumatized clients can be emotionally draining for the therapist. Given that about 30 of therapists also report having experienced trauma during childhood, the questions of if and how these histories contribute to therapeutic process and outcome are frequently explored (Follette et al., 1994 Jenkins & Baird, 2002).

Health Utilities Index

Self- Interviewer Telephone Caregiver- and Proxy-administered Self-administered versions 6 to 10 minutes (mean 8 minutes) Interviewer-administered versions 3 to 6 minutes (mean 4 minutes) Yes no -descriptive phrases of levels from HUI health status classification systems Global score Scores by dimension Higher scores show better QoL Yes

Incidence And Sources Of Cytomegalovirus Infection

A dramatic rise in age-related prevalence of CMV infection in children attending child care centers compared with those kept at home has been demonstrated. Furthermore, the transmission of CMV strains among children in this setting has been documented by molecular epidemiology (24). Studies of parents of children attending day care centers and child care workers demonstrated a high rate of seroconversion and a strong association between care of younger CMV-shedding children and seroconversion (25-27). Molecular analysis of the isolates provided further evidence for transmission of CMV strains from child to caregiver (26-28). from the medical significance of congenital CMV infection, infants who acquire CMV in utero, during delivery, or from mother's milk shed virus for years and serve as a source of the virus for other children and caregivers with whom they have close contact.

NOC Child Development Infant

Introduce one caregiving intervention at a time, observing responses allow for time out if infant displays stress signals, such as finger splaying, grimacing, tongue extension, worried alertness, spitting up, back arching, gaze aversion, yawning, hiccuping, color changes, or changes in cardiac or respiratory functioning. Cluster caregiving, while not overstimulating infant continuously monitor infant for signs of stress during caregiving, providing rest periods as needed. Remain at bedside after procedures caregiving to assess infant's Promotes longer periods of alert and or deep sleep which will enhance the body's own natural defenses providing rest periods will allow infant to recover prior to initiation of additional caregiving prevents sudden disruptions in sleep promotes stability and adaptive behaviors. containment holding infant's arms and legs in a flexed position, close to their midline using the caregiver's hands and or positioning aids such as rolled blankets premature or...

Primary Nursing Diagnosis

If symptoms of preeclampsia worsen, hospitalization is mandatory. Maintain the patient on complete bedrest. If the urine output is below 30 mL hr, suspect renal failure and notify the physician. Readings of 2+ to 4+ protein in the urine and urine-specific gravities of greater than 1.040 are associated with proteinuria and oliguria. Hemodynamic monitoring with a central venous pressure catheter or a pulmonary artery catheter may be initiated to regulate fluid balance. Magnesium sulfate is given via intravenous (IV) infusion to prevent seizures. Serum magnesium levels are done to determine if the level has reached the therapeutic level serum levels also alert the caregiver of a move toward toxicity. If the magnesium sulfate infusion does not prevent seizure, the physician may order phenobarbital or benzodiazepines. Using either low doses of aspirin or dietary calcium supplementation is being explored as means to prevent preeclampsia.


While defined as an anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) has several distinct features that set it apart. It is characterized by an overwhelming sense that negative consequences will arise from the failure to perform a specific ritual. The rituals are repetitive, taking a variety of forms including hand washing, checking to see if the stove is turned off, or the recitation of particular words or phrases. DSM-IV-TR criteria require that the symptoms include obsessions or compulsions that cause marked distress and occupy at least 1 h per day. OCD interferes with normal routine and produces a social impairment equivalent to schizophrenia. In addition to the disabling effect OCD has on the patient, it also produces a significant strain on family relations as relatives become caregivers and are drawn into a routine of providing reassurance and ritual maintenance. OCD becomes apparent at between 22 and 36 years, affecting males and females equally. OCD is highly prevalent,...

How to Use This Book

The book is written for a lay audience patients, their families, and caregivers. Part I presents a primer on kidneys, explaining what happens when kidneys fail and some of the reasons that might have led to their failure. Once that is established, we then move on to what can be done to make life better for a kidney failure patient.


None of these strategies is superior to the other. It is with the degree of liberty to move through the four quadrants of the diagram that one can be more comfortable with uncomfortable feelings. The first task of the caregiver is to respect the preferred coping styles of the patient. Only then he can invite the patient to broaden his repertoire and to try other coping strategies.


Significance of 'access' or 'accessibility' are nonetheless often left unclear. Insofar as it is important in equity it seems that it is cheapness of access that really matters, usually because the writer will have some notion underlying their concern for equity about the importance of meeting need, and access seems to be a precondition for having needs assessed in order that they might be met. Economists typically treat accessibility as a comprehensive term for 'price' that is, any user monetary fee that is to be paid plus time and transport costs, waiting, and any other element that constitutes a 'barrier' whether or not that barrier takes a monetary form or can be converted into a monetary form. This emphasizes financial barriers to access. Other barriers may be physical, institutional or social. Some may be direct, others indirect. For example, access to insurance may be the only route to accessing health care itself. The following have all been found to be important practical...

Key References

The increasing number of palliative care patients necessitates a simple, reliable instrument to routinely measure outcomes among hospice patients. We tested the utility of the Brief Hospice Inventory (BHI) to assess outcomes of hospice patients and estimations of patients' outcomes by nurse caregivers. In a prospective study, 145 home-based hospice patients were enrolled in the study from VistaCare Hospice. During the first week of admission, patients and nurse caregivers completed the BHI, which assessed patients' symptoms, satisfaction with care, and quality of life. Factor analysis supported a two-factor structure for the BHI for patients and caregivers, including a symptom subscale and quality of life subscale. Patients with severe symptoms showed improvement on the symptom subscale, but not the quality of life subscale, during the first 2 weeks after admission. The BHI shows utility in measuring hospice patients' symptom severity and quality of life over time.

Surgical Treatment

Patients are admitted the morning of surgery and are discharged the next day. Before discharge, patients are evaluated by a trained physical therapist for safe ambulation, and are instructed on a bed rest regimen (see the previous section, Conservative Treatment) for 4 to 6 weeks. Stool softeners are prescribed, and antiemetics used as needed. External auditory canal packing is removed 7 to 10 days postoperatively by a caregiver.

Risk For Infection

Administer immunizations as ordered by the caregiver (specify drug, dose, route, and timing) providing the least traumatic care (specify based on developmental level). Observe for side effects and teach parent to provide relief as ordered by caregiver (specify, e.g., Tylenol as ordered for discomfort).

Affect Regulation

Sexual abuse can interfere with affect regulation development in two ways. First, the abuse itself directly contributes to affect regulation problems because it promotes chronic arousal. Second, the family environments of children who experience abuse provide little learning opportunity to develop affect regulation skills. Caregivers in such families often have affect regulation and impulse control problems themselves, such as mood disorders, domestic violence, and substance abuse problems (Shearer, Peters, Quaytman, & Ogden, 1990 Kellogg & Hoffman, 1997).

Piads Assistive Tech

Piads Questionnaire

O The overall agreement between user self-report and caregiver report of device impact on The form is being filled out at (chwsi one) 1. home 2. a clinic 3. other (describe) The form is being filled out by (choose out) I. the client, without any help 2. D the client, with help from the caregiver (e.g., client sliowed or told caregiver what answers to give) 3. the caregiver on behalf of the client, without any direction from the client 4. other (describe) _ ___ _

Double Protection

To their children than parents of children with asthma and parents of healthy children. The findings obtained were equivalent for the mothers and the fathers. We believe that, in order to be able to count their child among the lucky ones who will survive the disease, parents create an image of vitality and zest for life. This positive attribution by parents of children with cancer may be a beneficial coping strategy as long as the emotional feelings of children are not underestimated. Caregivers should be aware of this coping strategy, especially if this coping strategy is out of balance or pathological. It can also be possible that children give their parents the impression they are doing fine to protect their parents from the more negative emotions resulting from the stressful situation.


The adverse physiological, psychological, and economic effects of inadequate pain management have become increasingly recognized in recent years. This has been accompanied by a growing awareness on the part of patients and caregivers that pain need not be tolerated, and an increased emphasis amongst physicians on the proactive treatment of pain. The unmet need for new analgesics remains substantial. Recent advances in the neurobiology of pain, together with the development of new preclinical and clinical pain paradigms, have revealed new opportunities for the development of analgesics, and raised the exciting possibility of entirely novel classes of analgesics in the future.


Health care environments can help combat AIDSism and provide comprehensive and compassionate care. AIDS psychiatrists and other mental health professionals need to be integrated closely into clinical, academic, and research aspects of HIV prevention and treatment. In order for persons with HIV and AIDS to live more comfortable lives, with preservation of independence and dignity, it is important to establish special nurturing, supportive, and loving health care environments. Such environments can enable persons with AIDS, their loved ones, and caregivers to meet the challenges of AIDS with optimism and dignity (Cohen and Alfonso, 2004).

Empirical Research

Our trauma-focused CBT treatment model emerged from the assessment research documenting the wide array of difficulties faced by children who have suffered sexual abuse, with the most common diagnosis being PTSD (Finkelhor, 1995 McLeer, Deblinger, Henry, & Orvaschel, 1992). Thus a broad-based approach that could be tailored to children's individual needs and could address difficulties in behavioral, cognitive, affective, and physiological domains was warranted. in addition, research in the field had established the potentially significant influence of nonoffending parents on a child's recovery from the experience of sexual abuse (Conte & Schuerman, 1987 Deblinger, Steer, & Lippmann, 1999). Thus this model was designed to ameliorate the wide array of posttrauma difficulties experienced by children and also assist nonoffending parents in coping with their own distress and optimally responding to their children's difficulties. Toward these goals, this treatment approach involves the...

Client Selection

The model was developed to assist children with a history of sexual abuse and their nonoffending caregivers therefore, it includes components aimed at targeting common presenting problems among this population. The model focuses, in part, on alleviating symptoms such as avoidance, increased arousal, and distress regarding reminders of the abuse, commonly experienced symptoms of PTSD, as well as other problems often present in children with a history of sexual abuse, including depressive symptoms, generalized anxiety, and externalizing behavior problems. Research with children who have a history of sexual abuse suggests that support from a nonoffending caregiver is associated with less severe symptomatology, compared to children who do not receive support from a care-giver. Furthermore, research studies have demonstrated that the way the nonoffending caregiver copes with the sexual abuse is related to the child's adjustment following the abuse (Conte, & Schuerman,...

Treatment Model

In general, the approach described here is based on a short-term model that generally involves 12-18 sessions subsequent to a pretreatment assessment. However, depending on the needs of the family (e.g., multiple diagnoses, legal complexity, reunification with the perpetrator), treatment may be extended. Treatment begins by dividing session time into two separate 30- to 45-minute individual sessions for the child and the participating nonoffending caregiver. These initial individual sessions are important for children because therapists may be more effective than caregivers in helping them overcome their avoidance and take those initial steps toward talking about the abuse (Deblinger et al., 1996). Individual sessions for caregivers are designed to help them cope with their own distress so that when joint sessions begin, they can be more effective coping models for their children. Generally, after four to six sessions, a portion of the session time is devoted to joint caregiver-child...

Predisposing Factors

Of early childhood trauma with or without a diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder are also at increased risk for suicide (Miles, 1977 Roy, 2003 Cooperman and Simoni, 2005). Suicide risk increases in states of bereavement (Sherr, 1995), in particular during holidays or anniversary dates relevant to the deceased. Suicidal behavior increases when persons have poor social support, decreased social integration, poor family relations, and a restricted social environment (Kalichman et al., 2000 Haller and Miles, 2003). One study showed that suicidal behavior increases when persons disclose their positive serostatus (Kalichman et al., 2000), and several studies have shown that being burdened by caregiving and having an HIV-positive spouse or children can increase suicide risk (Rosengard and Folkman, 1997 Chandra et al., 1998). Having access to lethal means can make a predisposed individual who is ambivalently contemplating suicide more likely to end his or her life. HIVseropositive...

Alzheimers disease

AD or dementia of the Alzheimer type (DAT) is a progressive and debilitating disorder characterized by dementia and a loss of cognitive function. Approximately 15 million individuals in developed countries are estimated to currently suffer from AD. Initial symptoms include confusion, loss of initiative, progressive decline in executive function, mood changes, and memory loss. However a decline in cognitive abilities ultimately results in a complete loss of mental function with disease progression. While approximately 10 of cases are early onset, AD predominately afflicts those over the age of 65. It is estimated that 5 of those over the age of 65 and 24 of those over the age of 85 suffer from AD. Diagnosis is made on an exclusionary basis using general medical and psychological evaluation, interview of caregivers, and assessment of family history of the disease. While recent advances in neuroimaging hold promise for future early detection, there is currently not a consensus that this...

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