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VILLAR DAVILA, Rafael et al. The role of the family caregivers in the hospital: Their self-concept and how they are seen by health professionals. Gerokomos [online]. 2012, vol.23, n.1, pp.7-14. ISSN 1134-928X.

Family caregivers have been widely studied in the home and primary care but virtually do no exits studies which influence the reality in hospitals. With a quantitative approach and cross-sectional design using questionnaires validated for that purpose made to relatives who care for elderly people in hospitals is called the profile them, what activities do and what makes them value the nurses. As main findings include: a) The main activities of family caregivers in the hospital are accompanying, entertainment, emotional support and brokerage. b) Lack of activity inhibit the family caregiver to be more active. c) If you educate and train the family caregiver in activities of care, will be more. d) Professionals know what family members say they do. Do not think that many of the actions of the caregiver are really cares. They believe that family caregivers do not help as much as they expect the basic care of hospitalized elders.

Palabras clave : Family caregiver; elderly; hospital; care actions.

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