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PERSPECTIVE
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 10-18

Caregiving and caregivers: Challenges and opportunities in India


Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Prof. R Srinivasa Murthy
Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Shankar Mutt, Bengaluru - 560 078, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0971-9962.176761

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Caregiving of persons with mental illness is challenging as sometimes it is demanding and at other times, it is fulfilling to caregivers. In India, family members are the caregivers for persons with mental illness as there are extremely limited alternative facilities and family members are preferred for caring. The changing social milieu in India such as urbanization and nuclear family is placing significant burden on family members. This article will discuss about the emotional dimensions of caregiving, importance of care receivers, utilizing the caregiving situations to address prevention of mental disorders, promotion of mental health, and fight stigma of mental disorders. In India, majority of the research is on the burden of caregiving on family members and there is less or no research on caregiving in different communities, population groups, and develop programs to make caregiving a positive experience on caregivers and caregiving. In India, there is a need to develop systems of sharing of skills, support, and supervision to caregivers in providing care to the individuals with chronic illnesses. This can minimize the stress of caregiving and maximize the positive feelings of caregiving.


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