Family carers of ICU survivors: A survey of the burden they experience

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Title Family carers of ICU survivors: A survey of the burden they experience
Author Foster, Michelle; Chaboyer, Wendy
Journal Name Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
Editor Agnes Bjorn
Year Published 2003
Place of publication UK
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Abstract Intensive care unit (ICU) survivors may experience deterioration in their quality of life for months following their return home, with families assuming a caregiving role. The aim of this study was to measure the burden associated with caring for a family member who had been critically ill. The study also sought to describe the relationship between three factors (filial obligation, social support, self-efficacy) and caregiver burden. Seventy-one family carers, 51 females (72%) and 20 (28%) males of long-term intensive care patients completed a mailed survey, after signing an informed consent form. Although the vast majority of the caregivers were providing substantial number of hours of care each week, they scored lower than the midpoint on all caregiver burden inventory subscales. Filial obligation was found to be positively associated with caregiver burden; however, there was no association between social support, self-efficacy and caregiver burden. Male caregivers experienced significantly more burden than female caregivers. The findings suggest that an understanding of the factors that impact on caregiver burden of families of ICU survivors is only beginning to emerge.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2003 Blackwell Publishing. The definitive version is available at []
Volume 17
Page from 205
Page to 214
ISSN 0283-9318
Date Accessioned 2004-03-30
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Health Practice Innovation; Menzies Health Institute Qld
Faculty Faculty of Nursing & Health
Subject Intensive Care
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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