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Caregiver`s Burden and Quality of Life of Male Spouses with Stroke Wives
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  • Journal title : Korean Journal of Adult Nursing
  • Volume 24, Issue 6,  2012, pp.615-626
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Adult Nursing
  • DOI : 10.7475/kjan.2012.24.6.615
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Caregiver`s Burden and Quality of Life of Male Spouses with Stroke Wives
Han, Jung-Hee; Park, Yeon-Hwan;
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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate caregiver burden and health related quality of life (HRQoL) among male spouses who cared for partners with a stroke. Methods: The subjects were spouses of 121 female patients who visited the neurology outpatients department in one tertiary hospital located in Seoul between February and April in 2011. Results: The mean age of the male caregivers was years. The mean score of caregiver`s burden was moderate (). The average reported caregiving time was min/day with the male spouses spending more time in house-working than with caregiving activities. The reported depression and care giving time, plus the cognitive status and functional dependencies of the spouse were significantly related to male caregiver`s burden. The mean scores of `physical health` and `mental health` for quality of life for the male caregivers was moderate (47.49 and 47.33 respectively). Overall, caregiver`s burden has a negative effect on the HRQoL of male spouses. Conclusion: Caregiver`s burden and HRQoL are important problems which are in need of nurses` attention. It is suggested that intervention programs for male spouses be developed with a focus on emotional and social support as well as education about the caregiving role.
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