Background: Family caregivers
face numerous challenges in taking care of their family members with epilepsy. The empowerment of this group of people, who can be described as forgotten patients, should always be considered through supportive interventions; therefore, this study investigated the effect of a family-centered intervention program on stress, anxiety, and depression among family caregivers of of patients with epilepsyMethod: In ۲۰۱۷, a trial was conducted in Iran
among subjects selected by the convenience sampling method and randomly assigned to two groups: intervention and control. After five sessions per week over a four-week period, the intervention- and control-group data were collected using the Depression Anxiety Stress
Scale (DASS) in three stages: before, immediately after, and two months after the intervention. Data were analyzed with Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) software using descriptive and analytical statistics, an independent t-test, and repeated measures Analysis of variance (ANOVA).Results: In this study, the family caregivers included ۶۱.۳% women and ۳۸.۷% men, with a mean age of ۳۷.۵ years. The findings showed no significant differences in the mean scores of stress (p = ۰.۹۳), anxiety (p = ۰.۹۱), and depression (p = ۰.۵۶) before the interventional program between the intervention and control groups, but these differences were statistically significant in the mean score of stress (p = ۰.۰۰۳) in the immediately after the interventional program, whereas the mean scores of depression were not decreased significantly (p = ۰.۳). Two months after the interventional program the mean scores of stress (p = ۰.۰۰۱) and anxiety (p = ۰.۰۰۱) were significantly decreased in the intervention group, but the mean score of depression was not decreased significantly (p = ۰.۰۹).Conclusion:The results suggested that a family-centered intervention program reduced the stress, anxiety, and depression of caregivers because of feasibility, simplicity, and utility of intervention. This program was focused on psychological issues of caregivers, and an emphasis on their empowerment helped them in managing their problems in the caregiving situation and achieved greater psychological potency in the caring process.