Multidimensional assessment of caregiver burden in home-based nursing: a cross-sectional study
Background. Caregivers experience a number of challenges when caring for a chronically ill patient which can affect their physical, emotional and psychological health. Aim. To assess caregiver burden and its relationship to health-related quality of life among primary caregivers of patients with long-term illness in the community. Methods. A cross-sectional study using caregiver burden scale and SF-36 Survey on thirty-two caregivers of patients with long-term illness under a community health centre in Brunei from January to March 2019. Findings. Caregiver burden was highest for general strain, isolation and disappointment. Increased age of caregiver was significantly associated with reduced physical functioning. Male caregivers had significantly higher role functioning while female caregivers had significantly higher social functioning role. Increased caregiver burden showed decreased overall health-related quality of life. Conclusions. Caregiver burden should not be disregarded in patient treatment plan. Clinicians and relevant authorities should collaborate care plans with primary caregivers accounting for both patient and caregiver well-being. More detailed qualitative studies should be done to provide a better insight on caregiver burden.
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