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Vol 9, No 1 (2007)
Prace oryginalne
Published online: 2007-03-14
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The burden of caregivers of patients after stroke — preliminary results

Barbara Grabowska-Fudala, Krystyna Jaracz
Udar Mózgu. Problemy Interdyscyplinarne 2007;9(1):24-31.

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Vol 9, No 1 (2007)
Prace oryginalne
Published online: 2007-03-14

Abstract


Background. To estimate a level of caregiver’s burden of stroke patients and to identify correlates of the burden level from a caregiver’s side (socio-demographic data, emotional status, self-estimate of health, social support, sense of coherence, time spent for caregiving).
Material and methods. A hospital-based sample of 30 couples (caregivers and patients) were interviewed 6 months after a discharge. The burden was assessed using the Polish version of Caregiver Burden Scale (CB Scale). Emotional status, sense of coherence and social support were evaluated with Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scales (HADS), Sense of Coherence Questionnaire (SOC-29), Berlin Social Support Scale (BSSS). Socio-demographic data were also gathered.
Results. The scores of (CB Scale) were at a medium level. The burden level correlated significantly with anxiety (r = 0.64; p < 0.05), depression (r = 0.49; p < 0.05) and the comprehensibility subscale of SOC (r = -0.55; p < 0.05). Correlation between burden (CB Scale) and social support (BSSS) was not significant.
Conclusions. The caregiver’s burden was determined mainly by caregiver’s internal factors but not with the external factors such as a social support. The role of social support will be evaluated in further analyses.

Abstract


Background. To estimate a level of caregiver’s burden of stroke patients and to identify correlates of the burden level from a caregiver’s side (socio-demographic data, emotional status, self-estimate of health, social support, sense of coherence, time spent for caregiving).
Material and methods. A hospital-based sample of 30 couples (caregivers and patients) were interviewed 6 months after a discharge. The burden was assessed using the Polish version of Caregiver Burden Scale (CB Scale). Emotional status, sense of coherence and social support were evaluated with Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scales (HADS), Sense of Coherence Questionnaire (SOC-29), Berlin Social Support Scale (BSSS). Socio-demographic data were also gathered.
Results. The scores of (CB Scale) were at a medium level. The burden level correlated significantly with anxiety (r = 0.64; p < 0.05), depression (r = 0.49; p < 0.05) and the comprehensibility subscale of SOC (r = -0.55; p < 0.05). Correlation between burden (CB Scale) and social support (BSSS) was not significant.
Conclusions. The caregiver’s burden was determined mainly by caregiver’s internal factors but not with the external factors such as a social support. The role of social support will be evaluated in further analyses.
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Keywords

burden; stroke; caregiver

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Title

The burden of caregivers of patients after stroke — preliminary results

Journal

Interdisciplinary Problems of Stroke

Issue

Vol 9, No 1 (2007)

Pages

24-31

Published online

2007-03-14

Bibliographic record

Udar Mózgu. Problemy Interdyscyplinarne 2007;9(1):24-31.

Keywords

burden
stroke
caregiver

Authors

Barbara Grabowska-Fudala
Krystyna Jaracz

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