Aims and objectives. To analyze if an association exists in unpaid caregivers positive aspect of caregiving and self-assessed level of health have on their perceived degree of burden when caring for end stage renal disease patients.
Background. The literature has recognized caregiver burden as having negative consequences such as depression, anxiety or poor perceived health. Many caregivers are unprepared to take on their new role. There is limited research on the positive aspects experienced by caregiving and their perception of self-assessed health.
Method. A sample of 89 caregivers responded to an online survey distributed by The National Kidney Foundation using the Self-Assessed Health Measure (SAH), Positive Aspects of Caregiving (PAC), and Caregiving Stress Appraisal (CAS) scales.
Results: Caregivers who expressed more positive aspects were associated with caregivers experiencing lesser degree of burden (p = < 0.004) and caregivers with higher levels of self-assessed health experienced a lesser degree of burden (p = 0.00).
Conclusion. Health care providers must take into consideration the health and wellness of informal caregivers.
|Commitee:||De Marco, Katherine, Holle, Christian|
|School:||The William Paterson University of New Jersey|
|School Location:||United States -- New Jersey|
|Source:||DAI-B 78/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Caregiver burden, End stage renal disease, Positive aspects|
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