Loretta Moroni

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In the rehabilitation setting it is important to identify clinically significant conditions of distress so as to be able to provide, in addition to the conventional multidisciplinary rehabilitation treatment, specific psychotherapeutic interventions targeted to the individual's problems. This paper presents the findings from a psychometric test for the(More)
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE Several studies have shown that the symptoms of grief are different from symptoms of depression among bereaved family members. The present study is an attempt to replicate these findings among caregivers of patients in a vegetative state. METHODS AND PROCEDURES Forty-five caregivers of 41 patients in vegetative or minimally conscious(More)
Death or severe invalidity (e.g. vegetative state) of a family member causes deep emotional distress to the caregiver. In most cases elaboration of mourning at the loss unfolds in physiological times and modes, enabling the caregiver to react to the separation and resume their own daily life. In some cases, however, there is an incapacity to react and(More)
UNLABELLED Many studies have focused on the importance of the informal care provided by caregivers and on its impact in terms of worsening quality of life and increased burden. The aim of the present study is to analyze the psychometric validity and reliability of the Caregiver Needs Assessment (CNA) questionnaire, which has been built to investigate the(More)
BACKGROUND The Depression Questionnaire (QD) is an instrument designed to measure depression in an inpatient-rehabilitation setting. This study proposes a reduced version of the original 24-item QD, to make it better suited to the characteristics of patients in this setting. METHODS The study population consisted of 801 individuals admitted to cardiac(More)
BACKGROUND The nightly use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) increases the quality of life of patients affected by obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). The aim of this study was to develop and validate a questionnaire to assess the psychological and physical impact of OSAS and adherence to the CPAP device. METHODS Ninety-six patients(More)
Long-term caregiving of patients with Alzheimer disease (AD) frequently induces a relevant distress enhanced by inadequate coping strategies. This study aimed to explore the impact of cognitive and behavioral therapy (CBT) group intervention on AD patients' caregivers. In particular, reduction in caregivers' global care needs and in anxiety and depression(More)
UNLABELLED The present Italian health planning demands the use of tools, care and treatments useful for the National Health Service, but with empirical effectiveness scientifically sustained. Aim of the present paper is to verify the validity, the reliability and the responsiveness of the factor "Perception of positive change" (named Schedule C) in(More)
A large proportion of patients hospitalised for severe neuromotor disorders are supported during the in-hospital rehabilitation program by family members. To target interventions of psychological support for these caregivers it can be of help to identify the causes of caregiver burden or specific needs. Anxiety and depression are common in caregivers and(More)
BACKGROUND A postacute phase needs reliable routine screening instruments in order to identify the patients to be referred for a clinical interview with a psychologist. The aim of this study was to estimate the clinical cutoff scores of the anxiety and depression questionnaires and their clinical validity using a gold standard. METHODS The study involved(More)
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