Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría
Print version ISSN 0211-5735
GOMEZ BENEYTO, Manuel et al. Construction and reliability of a questionnaire to assess the needs of relatives of patients with severe mental disorder. Rev. Asoc. Esp. Neuropsiq. [online]. 2012, vol.32, n.115, pp.461-479. ISSN 0211-5735. http://dx.doi.org/10.4321/S0211-57352012000300003.
Several studies report the significant burden born by relatives of people with severe mental illness and the role it plays in the course of the disorder. We present a questionnaire (CNF-TMG) designed to identify both the needs felt (and not felt) by caregivers and those which are (and are not) met. The questionnaire contains 27 items with three alternative answers as well as questions related to the lack of satisfaction. It was administered to a sample of 77 relatives of patients with severe mental disorder and again two months later. The results showed satisfactory internal consistency and a reasonable test-retest stability. Among the advantages provided by the CNF-TMG are its applicability to Comprehensive Care Plans (IAP) and its ability to identify needs in the areas of personal support and participation, which until now have not been taken into consideration.
Keywords : Needs assessment; Caregivers; Mental disorders; Questionnaires; Health status indicators; Social support.