To improve treatment outcomes and overall quality of life is often the primary goal of any treatment plan for people with chronic or life-changing health conditions. Being associated with severe effects on the patient’s quality of life and high rates of nonadherence, treatment outcomes of these diseases heavily depend on the level and quality of support the patients get. Caregivers play a critical role in providing their sick family members with the required support in the form of physical, emotional, and moral care.
According to Lloydet al. (2017), patients of such diseases as schizophreniathat require long-term treatment can experience a better quality of life with antipsychotic medications which tend to ameliorate some symptoms over time, though individual responses differ.
There are those who will discontinue medication because of debilitating side effects or poor efficacy. In such cases, caregivers provide the much-needed support to ensure the patient follows through with the recommended and treatment plan as agreed upon by both the patient and the physician.
Caregiver support programs are therefore crucial as they provide caregivers with the training, educational resources, and multiple tools they (carers) need to perform their role successfully.
Lloyd, J., Lloyd, H., Fitzpatrick, R. and Peters, M., 2017. Treatment outcomes in schizophrenia: qualitative study of the views of family carers. BMC Psychiatry, 17(1), p.266.