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Title of document: Morbility Perceived and Diagnosed among Caregivers of Immobilized People in a Rural Health District
Name of author(s): M.ª Pilar Seira Lledós (1), Ana Aller Blanco (2) y Ana Calvo Gascón
Name of publisher: Revista Española De Salud Publica
Language of the publication: English
Language of the review: English
"Background: The progressive aging of the population has
led to many families having to take charge of caring for some
disabled family member. This new situation involved changes
in the family situation, especially in that of the main caregiver,
whose health may be affected. The objective of this study is to
ascertain the morbility perceived and diagnosed regarding the
main caregivers of disabled patients and to detect their health
Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional study. The group
under study was comprised of the caregivers of immobilized
patients registered in the homecare program of a rural Healthcare
Center. A sample of 50 caregivers was taken by simple
random sampling, with a 95% confidence level and a 6% accuracy.
The caregivers in question were surveyed personally and
their Primary Care Clinical Record was reviewed.
Results: The caregivers in question were predominantly females
averaging 60 years of age, married, having an elementary
school education, the daughters of the patients, having lived
with the patient for more than 6 months a year. The morbility
perceived most often were bone and joint problems
(67.9%). Twenty-eight percent (28%) (IC 95%: - 16.2-42.5)
showed psychological uneasiness with anxiety, 32% (IC 95%: -
19.5-46.7) related to depression. The number of stress-related
problems reported by the caregivers totaled 72, a total of 10
being shown in their Clinical Record, none of the other problems
in their Records being related to stress.
Conclusions: The caregiver profile does not differ from other
studies. Caregivers have multiple disorders (physical and
psychological symptoms), go to see their physicians little, and
their perceived morbility is underdiagnosed."
Reviewer's comments on the document:
This is important because of many of the health perceibed problems of the primary carers of home patients are caused by their condition as carers.
It becomes more and more important to have into account that reality because many of the carers do not go to the health services looking for aid.
It has to be vital for people who work in health services this kind of attention to primary informal carers.
Where to find it:

Revista Española de Salud Pública 2002; 76: 713-721 N.º 6 - Noviembre-Diciembre 2002


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