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Qualitative study using semistructured interviews.
An overnight weekend respite programme in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
19 caregivers (11 caregivers were 28–80 years of age, median age 65 y) who used the respite service for family members who had AD. Participants were wives (n=8), daughters (n=3), sons (n=3), husbands (n=2), sisters (n=2), and 1 granddaughter.
Participants were interviewed by telephone. Questions included “How did you spend the time while [your family member] was attending the programme?” and “How do you think [your family member] experienced the programme?” Interviews were audiotaped and transcribed. Content analysis was used to identify themes and ideas. Constant comparative analysis was used until consensus was reached on categories and themes.
3 categories were identified. (1) …
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