Correlates of caregiver burden among family members of patients with schizophrenia in Lagos, Nigeria. Schizophrenia Research and Treatment

Correlates of caregiver burden among family members of patients with schizophrenia in Lagos, Nigeria. Schizophrenia Research and Treatment

Author by Dr. Increase Adeosun

Journal/Publisher: Schizophrenia Research And Treatment

Volume/Edition: 2013

Language: English

Pages: 1 - 7

Abstract

Family members of patients with schizophrenia have enormous roles in the care of their patients, which could negatively impact
theirwell being.Development of interventions targeted at alleviating the burden of informal care giving is hinged on the recognition
of the factors associated with the various dimensions of burden. This study determined the correlates of caregiver burden among
family members of patients with schizophrenia in Lagos, Nigeria. The study instruments included the Zarit burden interview
(ZBI) and the positive and negative syndrome scale for schizophrenia (PANSS). Exploratory factor analysis of the ZBI produced a
five-factor structure with “financial/physical strain”, “time/dependence strain”, “emotional strain”, “uncertainty”, and “self-criticism”
domains. On multiple regression analyses, total PANSS scores, poor social support, and lower educational levels of caregivers were
predictive of higher burden scores on the “financial/physical strain”, “time/dependence”, and “emotional strain” domains. Longer
duration of illness, shorter patient-caregiver contact time, and being a female caregiver were predictive of higher burden scores
on the “uncertainty”, “self-criticism”, and “emotional strain” domains, respectively. There is need for interventions to alleviate the
burden on caregivers of patients with schizophrenia in Nigeria. These strategies must include comprehensive social support and
improve access to services for patients and their caregivers.


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