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Mobile Application-Based Education to Improve Family Caregivers’ Readiness: Feasibility Study

Published:October 05, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2022.08.023

      Highlights

      • Family caregiving is fundamental in palliative care.
      • Family caregiver readiness is low and can be enhanced by providing education on how to manage symptoms at home.
      • Training and education for family caregivers are needed to assist patients in self-care practices and managing symptoms at home.
      • The use of a health education mobile app can improve family caregivers’ readiness and quality of life.

      Abstract

      Family caregivers often lack preparation to provide care at home to manage symptoms for patients with life-limiting illnesses. Nurse practitioners can be instrumental in enhancing caregiver readiness by educating relatives about symptom management. Mobile application (app) health education provides one solution. We evaluated the acceptability and initial effectiveness of mobile app health education intended to improve caregiver readiness among 50 family caregivers. Caregiver readiness was measured using the Caregiving Index before and after the 30-day intervention. Mobile app health education improved the caregiver readiness for the intervention group. Our findings demonstrate feasibility and acceptability for delivering education to family caregivers through a smartphone app.

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      Biography

      Erna Rochmawati, SKp., MNSc, MMedEd, PhD, is a faculty member in the Masters Program at the School of Nursing, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and can be reached at [email protected] .

      Biography

      Dian Putranto, Skep., Ns, MKep, is also a faculty member in the Masters Program, School of Nursing, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta.