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7 - Assessment of relationship between perceived care burden and quality of life in disabled persons caregivers
Esra Tayaz, Ayşegül Koç
  Objective: This study was conducted to determine the variables that affect caregiving burden and quality of life, and to assess the relationship between caregiving burden and quality of life in nursing caregivers of 90% and over disabled people.

Material and Methods: This study was conducted analytically between the primary care provider of 47 patients in a 240-bed maintenance and rehabilitation center affiliated to the Ministry of Family and Social Policy. In the collection of data, demographic data form including descriptive characteristics of caregivers, Zarit care burden scale, and Rolls Royce Quality of Life scale were used. The forms used in the research were gathered by interviewing face to face by the researcher. Participation in the study was based on volunteerism and the relationship between the caregiver and the disabled person was directly observed. In the statistical evaluation of the data, percentages, independent group t-tests and correlation analyzes were used.

Results: The average age of caregivers assessed within the scope of the study is 32.79±6.59. 36.2% of the caregivers participating in the survey were female, 63.8% were male, 59.5% were primary school graduates, 38.3% were high school graduates, 8.5% had a disabled person at his/her own house. All caregivers work at a minimum wage. The average caregiver burden scale scores ranged from 6 to 47 and the mean total score was 29.49±9.83. The quality of life scale scores ranged from 53 to 154 and the mean score was 89.48±19.80. There was a negative correlation between caregivers’ burden of care and quality of life (p=0.039, r=-0.303). In our study, it was not found statistically significant differences between the age of the disabled person, the additional illness status, the use of prescription drugs, the number of medicines used, and the disability years groups (p>0.05). The difference between the gender of the disabled, the number of the disabled and the number of the elderly with disabilities in which the caregiver was responsible was found to be statistically significant (p<0.05).

Conclusions: It has been determined that increasing the care burden of patient caregivers with disabilities affects quality of life.
  Caregiver, caregiving burden, disabled, rehabilitation, quality of life
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