Problems, needs and strengthening of caregivers of children with epilepsy by applying Systemetic Theory
Keywords:children with epilepsy, problems and needs, strengthening, System Theory
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder in which two or more recurrent unprovoked seizures. While convulsions, the child is unconscious. Caregivers, therefore, have important role in caring for these pediatric patients, particularly babies or children who are affected by epilepsy, which is a chronic disease. It results in the reduction of self-care competency. System theory is applied to strengthen caregivers. It comprises of three components: 1) input, including knowledge, capability, motivation, social support, illness perception, equipment, tools, caring budget, and health conditions of caregivers, 2) process, which is caregivers' activities and practices in caring for children with epilepsy, and 3) output, which is children’s health conditions and caregivers’ satisfaction in caring for children with epilepsy. Promotion of caregivers’ competency, to be strengthen in taking caring role patients with epilepsy continuously and happily in their own circumstances, will contribute to patients receiving effective care and caregivers having good quality of life.
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