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Patients' relatives are ignored by the health system and suffer emotional stress
Date:2/21/2008

e researcher determined that caregivers have a pressing need to communicate and get in touch, considering the emotional stress they have to deal with because of the experience they must go through, and that frequently they get intimidated by the hospital framework. Family caregivers do not want to be a bother in the hospital, and they have a sense of inferiority in an environment where any person wearing a white coat holds the leadership and the power, according to Aurora Quero.

Spanish hospitals are not properly adapted

The author of the study says that Spanish hospitals are not adapted to the stay of family caregivers, since they often lack the necessary facilities in order to put them up. She champions the creation of a protocol to regulate the relationships among caregivers, doctors, nurses and health assistants. Aurora Quero states that caregivers self-esteem would get increased and so would the quality of the health system.

Quero Rufin suggests a reconsideration of the patients role, which has always been thought of individually, although the patient is usually accompanied by a relative whose home is a long way away and for whom a stay in the hospital involves a very traumatic experience.

This doctoral thesis aims to contribute to take family caregivers in the hospital into account and improve their living conditions and the relationships with the medical staff in general, as this is an anthropological phenomenon which affects thousands of people, especially women, who have to stay in the hospitals every day and are seldom taken into account.


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Contact: Aurora Quero Rufin
auropa@gmail.com
34-958-121-484
Universidad de Granada
Source:Eurekalert

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