Assessment of the Burden on Caregivers of Patients with Mental Disorders- A cross-sectional study
Background: Caregivers play an important role in the management of all chronic mental illnesses. Thus the aim of this study was to assess the burden and to find out the association between the level of burden among caregivers of mentally ill patients and related variables.
Material and Method: An analytical cross-sectional, study was conducted among the caregivers of mentally ill patients visiting at selected Hospital of Bharatpur. Burden Assessment Schedule (BAS) tool was used to collect the data. A chi-square test was used to find the association between levels of burden with related variables. A P-value of less than 0.05 was considered as statistically significant.
Results: Research showed that among 204 caregivers 61.8% had a moderate level of burden and none of the caregivers had a mild level of burden however 38.2% had a severe level of burden. The statistically significant factors that affect the level of burden in the caregivers are the place of residence, relation with the patient, duration of mental illness, duration of caregiving and monthly expenditure for treatment are the statistically significant variables to the level of burden.
Conclusion: More than one-third of the caregivers have a severe level of burden. The level of burden is high among the female as among the male. Caregivers who are married and education status less than the primary level have a high level of burden.
Keywords: burden, caregivers, cross-sectional, mentally ill patients
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