Dr. S. Mathura Vardhini 1 , Dr. P. Nagaraj 2
Abstract: Caregivers of Chronic Kidney Disease play a major role in patient care in performing supportive and care functions at home or in outpatient centers, such as dialysis units of hospitals. The caregivers experience stress from added responsibilities of managing the patient’s care and often receive little or no attention. Objectives of the study were to assess the caregiver burden and factors associated among caregivers of patients undergoing haemodialysis. Methods: Cross sectional study among 86 care givers of haemodialysis patients at a Insurance corporation hospital. Study tool consisting of a questionnaire comprising of detailed socio-demographic profile of caregivers and patients, morbidity profile of patients and Zarit burden score to assess caregiver burden was administered. Results: The mean age of Haemodialysis caregivers was found to be 46.3 ± 12.5 years and 68.6% of them were females. Wife was caregiver in 51.2% patients and 89.5% caregivers were married. Most (71%) of the cases had more than 2 co-morbidities and 61.6% patients were independent on activities of daily living measurement. Mean Zarit score was found to be 24.36 ± 14.9 with 53.6% of the caregivers having some burden in caregiving . Zarit scores were significantly higher when number of co-morbidities among patients was more than two than compared to the counter group. Conclusion: Care giver burden is high among caregivers of haemodialysis patients. This burden is more among patients suffering with more than two co-morbidities. Understanding and managing the care burdens of caregivers of the patients has a great importance in maintaining the health of patient’s, treatment planning and care process.
Keyword : Haemodialysis, caregiver burden, chronic kidney disease, caregivers.