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Enfermería Global

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CANTILLO, Manoli; LLEOPART, Teresa  and  EZQUERRA, Sandra. Informal care in times of crisis. Analysis from the nursing perspective. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2018, vol.17, n.50, pp.515-541.  Epub Apr 01, 2018. ISSN 1695-6141.


To quantify and characterize the scientific production in nursing on informal care from 2007 to 2016, to observe the evolution of the theme during this period, to acquire a current perspective on the state of the arts, and to suggest future directions of both research and professional practice.


Bibliographical review undertaken through two strategies: a quantitative strategy and a qualitative one.


The most frequent type of published article is quantitative although there is an increase of qualitative publications. Among the most frequent themes are: the study of the caregiver’s profile, as well as the impacts of care on their health and on their everyday life; practical professional recommendations to promote care and self-care and to prevent caregivers’ overload; and, finally, the use of assessment tools for planning attention of caregivers.


While nursing publications rightly identify the centrality of the family and the household in the new care scenario, they do not problematize the current transfer of responsibility for care from public administrations toward the realm of the family. Neither do they problematize the social, economic, and gender inequalities that take place in the context of care. To approach these two themes can contribute to create new research and professional lines in nursing.

Keywords : Informal care; Chronicity; Economic crisis; Caregiving crisis.

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