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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 146-151

Family caregivers' burden: A hospital based study in 2010 among cancer patients from Delhi

1 Department of Community Medicine, UCMS and GTB Hospital, Delhi, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, UCMS and GTB Hospital, Delhi, India

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S Lukhmana
Department of Community Medicine, UCMS and GTB Hospital, Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-509X.175584

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Background: A large number of patients with chronic diseases like, cancer are cared for in homes by the family members in India. The vital role that these family members play as “caregivers” is well recognized, however, the burden on them is poorly understood. Aims: To assess burden and to determine the predictors of burden on family caregivers of cancer patients. Setting And Design: A cross-sectional, hospital based study conducted in National Capital Territory of Delhi. Materials And Methods: 200 family caregivers of cancer patients were selected by systematic random sampling and interviewed using standard, validated Hindi version of Zarit Burden Interview. Statistical Analysis: Univariate analysis and multivariable logistic regression were carried out using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences software (version 17.0). Results: The study population consisted of 90 (45%) males and 110 (55%) female caregivers aged 18-65 years. 113 (56.5%) caregivers reported no or minimal burden while 75 (37.5%) caregivers reported mild to moderate burden. Using logistic regression marital status, education and type of family of caregivers, occupation of cancer patients and type of treatment facility were found to be the predictors of burden on caregivers. Conclusion: In view of the substantial burden on family caregivers coupled with lack of adequate number of cancer hospitals, there is a public-health imperative to recognize this important group. All levels of health-staff in cancer hospitals in developing countries should be sensitized to the various burdens faced by family caregivers.


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