轉移性癌症病患之居家主要照顧者的照顧負荷及其影響因素

胡綾眞, 陳美伶, 陳明岐, 林佳靜, 林玲華

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Abstract

The purposes of this study were to describe how caregiver's burden changed during the first 4 weeks after a loved one with cancer was discharged from the hospital; to evaluate the prevalence of stressful burden in the caregivers; and to examine the important factors influencing caregiver's burden, such as patient, caregiver, and at-home care related characteristics. A longitudinal correlation survey was used to collect data from a convenience sampling of 41 caregivers who cared for cancer patients discharged to home from a medical center in northern Taiwan. Data were collected at the time of the patient's discharge from hospital (T0) and 1, 2, and 4 weeks post-discharge (T1-T3). Results showed that the caregiver's burden scores at To were higher than T1 through T3 without adjusting other covariates The prevalence rates for stressful burden were 43.9% at T0 and 24.0%-30.0% at T1-T3. The following factors were significantly associated with caregiver's burden: the symptom severity and functional status of the patient; the age, the change of occupation, and the income of caregiver; the length of being a caregiver; and hours of daily cane by the caregiver. The findings of this study provide clinical nurses with empirical basis while helping family caregivers of cancer patients.
Original languageTraditional Chinese
Pages (from-to)282-293
Number of pages12
Journal長庚護理
Volume12
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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