Correlation between severe als patient-caregiver couples' characteristics and caregivers' health related quality of life

Myoung Soo Kim, Hyung Ik Shin, Yusun Min, Jung Yoon Kim, Jung Soon Kim

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to examine the relationship between characteristics of severe ALS patient-caregiver couples and health related quality of life (HRQoL) in family caregivers. Methods: The participants in this study were 89 pairs of ALS patients using ventilators and a family caregiver. The characteristics of the ALS patients and caregivers, Korean-Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Functional Rating Scale-Revised, Zarit Burden Interview and SF-36 were measured in this study. The data were collected from August 2008 to April 2009. Descriptive statistics, Pearson correlation coefficients, and canonical correlation were used for data analysis. Results: The physical component summary and mental component summary of the HRQoL score for family caregivers were 147.49±31.63 and 129.09±35.83, respectively. HRQoL for caregivers was related to characteristics of the ALS patient-caregiver couples, such as patient's gender, caregiver's age, gender, marital status, daily time spent in caregiving and burden with one significant canonical variable. The significant variate showed that the lower the age, the time spent in caregiving and the burden of caregivers, the higher the HRQoL of caregivers. Conclusion: The support systems for caregivers considering caregiver characteristics such as demographics and burden should be implemented to improve the HRQoL of caregivers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)354-363
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Korean Academy of Nursing
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2011

Keywords

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Caregivers
  • Quality of life
  • Ventilator

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