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The Journal of Korean Academic Society of Nursing Education 1998;4(1):81-94.
Published online June 30, 1998.
A Study on the Degree of Burden and Quality of Life in Family Caregivers of Patients with Stroke
Kim Hyun-Mi;Jang Gun-Ja;
1Department of Nursing, Kyungsan University
2Munkyung College
뇌졸중 환자가족이 인지한 부담감 및 삶의 질에 관한 연구
김현미, 장군자
1경산대학교 간호학과
2문경대학 간호과
Abstract
This study was designed and undertaken to identify the degree of burden and quality of life in family caregivers of patients with stroke and to determine whether burden was directly related to quality of life. The data were collected from October 3rd, 1997 to March 20th, 1998. The subjects in this study were 126 caregivers as a family member and 126 patients with stroke who were hospitalized in two oriental medicine hospitals, three general hospitals located in Taegue City and Pusan City. The questionnaires consisted of questions regarding burden(25 items) and quality of life (18 items) of caregivers. Data were analyzed using percentages, mean, 1-test, ANOVA and Pearson-correlation coefficients done with the SPSS program. The results of thi study are as follows : 1. The score for family caregiver's burden was higher than the middle score. 2. The score for family caregiver's quality of life was relatively low. 3. The relationship between burden and quality of life was showed a significant inverse correlation. 4. The family caregivers' age had statistically significant differences in the degree of burden. 5. The education and monthly income of caregivers had statistically significant differences in the quality of life. That is, the higher the level of education and the higher the monthly income, the higher the degree of quality of life. 6. The age and sex of patients had affected the qualiry of life of caregivers sigmificantly. That is, caregivers felt more burden when caring for the patient group in sexties than any other age group and female patients than for male patients. 7. In the relationships between quality of life and general characteristics of the stroke patients, only the patients' sex was showed a statistically significant difference. That is, caregivers felt more quality of life when taring for male patients than female patients.
Key Words: Burden, Quality of Life, Family caregiver, Strokes
 


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