FEATURESEffect of Support Group Intervention Applied to the Caregivers of Individuals With Heart Failure on Caregiver OutcomesBarutcu, Canan Demir PhD, RN; Mert, Hatice PhD, RN Author Information Department of Internal Medicine Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Dokuz Eylül University, İzmir, Turkey. Correspondence: Canan Demir Barutcu, PhD, RN, Department of Internal Medicine Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Dokuz Eylül University, 35340 Inciraltı, Izmir, Turkey ([email protected]; [email protected]). The authors thank all the caregivers who participated in this study.The authors declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the authorship and/or publication of this article. Holistic Nursing Practice: September/October 2016 - Volume 30 - Issue 5 - p 272-282 doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000164 Buy Metrics Abstract This study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of support group intervention applied to the caregivers of individuals with heart failure on caregiver outcomes. Quasi-experimental research was conducted with 69 caregivers as control (n = 35) and intervention (n = 34) groups in the cardiology outpatient clinic of a university hospital. The intervention group participated in support group meetings structured according to the Neuman Systems Model, and the data were collected from both the intervention and control groups before the intervention and 3 and 6 months later. Caregivers in the intervention group had significantly lower burden scores compared with the control group in all subdimensions except objective personal care, in terms of the group × time interaction in a statistical way (P < .05). Caregivers in the intervention and control groups had similar scores of depression symptoms (P > .05). The burden of caregivers in the intervention group showed a statistically significant decrease compared with the preintervention in all dimensions at 3 months. Thus, it is suggested to extend the support group interventions for caregivers of patients with heart failure and conduct these interventions in a longer period. © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.