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dc.contributor.authorHussain, Rafaten
dc.contributor.authorWark, Stuarten
dc.contributor.authorDillon, Ginaen
dc.contributor.authorRyan, Petaen
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-26T15:12:00Z-
dc.date.issued2016en
dc.identifier.citationBMJ Open, 6(9), p. 1-10en
dc.identifier.issn2044-6055en
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/19506en
dc.description.abstractObjective: To report on self-reported physical and mental health of informal carers in rural regions of New South Wales, Australia. Methods: A cross-sectional community-based sample (n=222) of carers completed a questionnaire incorporating self-reported measures of health from validated international instruments including Medical Outcomes Study Scale (SF-36), the Centre for Epidemiology-Depression (CES-D) and Kessler-10 (K-10) Psychological Distress Scales, along with information on participant demographics and other key caregiving characteristics such as health condition of care recipient. Results: Rural carers' self-reported health was poor as evident on the SF-36 Physical and Mental Health component scores as well as each individual domain of the SF-36. Results from the CES-D and K-10 scores indicated very high rates of depressive symptoms and psychological distress. Over 70% of carers within the current study had CES-D scores indicative of depressive symptoms. Scores on the K-10 indicate almost half the carers were experiencing high levels of psychological distress, which is over 4 times the rate reported in the general Australian population. Conclusions and implications: Results from this study were compared to Australian population normative data and were found to be significantly below Australian age-matched population norms for SF-36, CES-D and K-10. These findings illustrate the poor health profile of informal carers relative to the general Australian population, especially in terms of depressive symptoms and psychological distress. This highlights the need for additional support for rural carers in order to ease the accumulated mental and physical health burdens of this group.en
dc.languageenen
dc.publisherBMJ Groupen
dc.relation.ispartofBMJ Openen
dc.titleSelf-reported physical and mental health of Australian carers: a cross-sectional studyen
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.identifier.doi10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011417en
dcterms.accessRightsGolden
dc.subject.keywordsMedical and Health Sciencesen
dc.subject.keywordsCare for Disableden
dc.subject.keywordsMental Healthen
local.contributor.firstnameRafaten
local.contributor.firstnameStuarten
local.contributor.firstnameGinaen
local.contributor.firstnamePetaen
local.subject.for2008119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classifieden
local.subject.for2008111714 Mental Healthen
local.subject.for2008111703 Care for Disableden
local.subject.seo2008920209 Mental Health Servicesen
local.subject.seo2008920403 Disability and Functional Capacityen
local.subject.seo2008920202 Carer Healthen
local.profile.schoolSchool of Rural Medicineen
local.profile.schoolSchool of Rural Medicineen
local.profile.schoolSchool of Healthen
local.profile.schoolUNE Business Schoolen
local.profile.emailrhussain@une.edu.auen
local.profile.emailswark5@une.edu.auen
local.profile.emailgdillon2@une.edu.auen
local.profile.emailpryan31@une.edu.auen
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local.record.placeauen
local.record.institutionUniversity of New Englanden
local.identifier.epublicationsrecordune-20160915-085843en
local.publisher.placeLondon, United Kingdomen
local.identifier.runningnumbere011417en
local.format.startpage1en
local.format.endpage10en
local.peerreviewedYesen
local.identifier.volume6en
local.identifier.issue9en
local.title.subtitlea cross-sectional studyen
local.access.fulltextYesen
local.contributor.lastnameHussainen
local.contributor.lastnameWarken
local.contributor.lastnameDillonen
local.contributor.lastnameRyanen
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dc.identifier.staffune-id:pryan31en
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local.identifier.unepublicationidune:19698en
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local.title.maintitleSelf-reported physical and mental health of Australian carersen
local.output.categorydescriptionC1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journalen
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local.search.authorHussain, Rafaten
local.search.authorWark, Stuarten
local.search.authorDillon, Ginaen
local.search.authorRyan, Petaen
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