Caregiver burden for an elderly population in são paulo, Brazil
Objective: To describe the characteristics of caregivers for a vulnerable low income elderly population in Brazil (a middle income country).
Methods: The study sample consisted of caregivers (n=587) for individuals ≥65 years old living in disadvantaged areas of the city of São Paulo, Brazil. Comparison among the different caregiver characteristics to detect significant differences in the level of burden experienced (using Brazilian version of the 22-item Burden Interview) was carried out with SPSS 19.
Results: Caregivers who were female, co-habitated with the patient, or had completed only primary education were more likely to experience a higher level of burden.
Conclusions: Further studies are needed to examine the association of elderly characteristics (e.g. age, mental disorders, medical illness) with caregiver burden.
Learning Areas:Public health or related public policy
Describe factors associated with care giver burden among those caring for elderly Brazilian individuals in the community.
Keyword(s): Caregivers, Aging
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