The purpose of this study is to summarize the management of emotions of caregivers who take care of elderly people in line with nursing literature using a technical procedure that meets the five stages developed by Whittemore and Knafl1 and published in 2005.
A qualitiative literature review of nursing literature of many source publications on the emotional state of caregivers working with elderly people including, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health (CINAHL), PubMed, SienceDirect and PsycINFO. From the literature available, the four core themes identified were: 1) atmosphere of caring; 2) coping; 3) the potential to care; and 4) understanding. This integrative review is designed to provide a good understanding of the underlying issues of managing the emotions of caregivers so they are appropriate when caring for elderly people. From the core themes, this integrative review led to an evidence-based practice to support caregivers to manage their emotions effectively. Further studies should address how to support caregivers who take care of dependent elderly people.
caregivers, emotion, elderly people, integrative review
Onuma Kaewkerd, RN
Faculty of Nursing, Thammasat University, 99 Klong 1,
Khlong Neung, Khlong Luang, Pathumthani 12121 , Thailand.