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 language||Chinese (Traditional)|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|