The effect of the burden of caregiving for people with spinal cord injury (SCI): a cross-sectional study

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Aim: To assess the caregiver burden (CB) of caregivers for people with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and to examine the psychological impact of the burden of caregiving. Materials and Methods: Cross-sectional study. A set of structured questionnaires was administered to 55 family caregivers of individuals with SCI. The Modified Barthel Index was used to evaluate the independence of care recipients. The Caregiver Burden Inventory was modified and used to assess the CB. The Family Strain Questionnaire – Short Form was administered to measure the psychological impact of CB. The Short Form 36 was used to assess the health status of the participants. Results: CB affects mainly the domains related to time management, the physical condition of caregivers and their sense of personal failure. An increased level of CB and the dependency level of SCI survivors is significantly correlated (p < 0.01) with an increase in the need of psychological support and a decrease in perceived health and quality of life. Conclusions: Caregiving for people with SCI implies the occurrence of CB. The contribution of caregivers should be recognised and supported with tailored relief interventions.

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Patrizia Maitan - Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Citta della Salute e della Scienza di Torino

Simona Frigerio - Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Citta della Salute e della Scienza di Torino

Alessio Conti - Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Citta della Salute e della Scienza di Torino; Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata - Biomedicine and Prevention https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4301-8924

Marco Clari - Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Citta della Salute e della Scienza di Torino; Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata - Biomedicine and Prevention -

Ercole Vellone - Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata - Biomedicine and Prevention -

Rosaria Alvaro - Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata - Biomedicine and Prevention -

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Maitan, P., Frigerio, S., Conti, A., Clari, M., Vellone, E., & Alvaro, R. (2018). The effect of the burden of caregiving for people with spinal cord injury (SCI): a cross-sectional study. Annali dell’Istituto Superiore Di Sanità, 54(3), 185-193. Retrieved from https://annali.iss.it/index.php/anna/article/view/667
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