The intersecting system of patients with chronic pain and their family caregivers: Cognitions, behaviors, and well-being

Mohammadi, S., 2016, [Groningen]: University of Groningen. 150 p.

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Living with and taking care of a patient with a chronic disease such as a chronic pain has negative influences on the family caregivers’ well-being. Considering the major role of family caregivers in providing care for their patients, it is likely that caregivers’ beliefs, responses, and even well-being affect patients’ well-being. Therefore, there might be an indivisible relationship between patients and their caregivers. In an attempt to investigate this relationship, the current thesis showed that caregivers’ responses are related to patients’ well-being, that is, patients who showed more pain behaviors reported more intensive pain, only if their caregivers showed relatively high levels of solicitous responses. Furthermore, in contrast to patients in non-functional families, patients with functional families (e.g., with family members who support each other) show less distress even when they experience intensive pain. Our findings indicate that caregivers’ behaviors are associated with patients’ illness-related behaviors and well-being. Furthermore, this thesis shows that being a family caregiver of a patient with a chronic illness influences most aspects of caregivers’ lives, even have influences that caregivers are not aware of. For example, we showed that family caregivers of patients with chronic pain detect pain cues in the environment faster than their non-caregiving counterparts. In addition, it seems that caregiving responsibilities have a considerable effect on caregivers’ lives. Specifically, caregivers with many caregiving responsibilities were more likely to consider their situation as unjust, which itself was negatively related to their well-being. Interestingly, often caregivers blame health-care providers for their unjust situation.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
Award date20-Jan-2016
Place of Publication[Groningen]
Print ISBNs978-90-367-8341-5
Electronic ISBNs978-90-367-8340-8
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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