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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 26  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 137-143

Gaining experience over time: The family caregivers' perception of patients with a tracheostomy in home care

1 Student Research Committee, Lorestan University of Medical Sciences, Khorramabad, Iran
2 Nursing Department, Lorestan University of Medical Sciences, Khorramabad, Iran
3 Cancer Research Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

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Dr. Shirin Hasanvand
Anooshirvan Rezaei Square, Khorramabad - 6813833946
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijnmr.IJNMR_173_20

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Background: The transition of tracheostomy patients to the home poses many challenges for both the patient and the family. Identifying and understanding the experiences of family caregivers pave the road for discovering and meeting care needs. This study has been aimed to explain the experiences of family caregivers of patients with a tracheostomy about patient care at home. Materials and Methods: This qualitative study was conducted using a conventional content analysis approach from September 2018 to January 2019. Participants included nine family caregivers and one professional caregiver who were selected through purposive sampling method. The in-depth interviews were conducted at home or in health centers using field notes. Data were recorded manually and analyzed using the five-step method proposed by Granehim and Lundman. Results: The data led to the emergence of 1591 initial codes, 23 subcategories, and 6 categories. Categories include the need for training, the need for receiving care support, care challenges, care burden, gaining experience, hope, and inner satisfaction. Conclusions: In this study, the family caregivers faced with lots of challenges in caring patients with tracheostomy so that they were in needs of training and support from professionals. Although they got skillful in care and endure burden, they were so hopeful and satisfied with their attempts. Hence, there is a need for official nongovernmental organizations with the aim of maintaining care and protecting their families.

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