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Caregiving: an emerging risk factor for emotional and physical pathology.

Authors
  • Eisdorfer, C
Type
Published Article
Journal
Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1991
Volume
55
Issue
2
Pages
238–247
Identifiers
PMID: 2043900
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Caregiving is the act of attending to someone or of providing services to an individual in need. It is a complex activity, with ethical, psychosocial, and demographic dimensions, as well as clinical, technical, and community service components. The author describes the complexities of caregiving and the burdens on the family in a rapidly aging society. He points out that caregiving is associated with significant risk for psychopathology and that a more comprehensive approach to the evaluation and management of chronically ill patients is necessary.

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