Revista de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 0124-0064
FLOREZ-TORRES, Inna E; MONTALVO-PRIETO, Amparo; HERRERA-LIAN, Arleth and ROMERO-MASSA, Elizabeth. Effects on welfare of children and adults with chronic disease caregivers. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2010, vol.12, n.5, pp. 754-764. ISSN 0124-0064. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0124-00642010000500006.
Objective Comparing the quality of caregivers' lives when they are related to child and adult patients suffering from chronic diseases (Cartagena, Colombia). Method This cross-sectional study was carried out on 91 child and 97 adult patient caregivers in three hospitals located in Cartagena, Colombia. Ferrell et al.'s psychometric test was used for ascertaining social well-being. Student's t-test was used for testing the effect of care-giving on physical, psychological, social and spiritual well-being. Results Females aged 18 to 59 predominated as caregivers in both groups. The percentage of child caregivers who had not completed primary school was higher than that of those looking after adults. Psychological and social welfare was most affected in stroke care-givers (48.7 cf 50.5 (T<0.05) and 21.8 cf 19.2 (T <0.05), respectively). Child caregivers were significantly more affected than adult caregivers regarding spiritual welfare (23.7 cf 22.6 (T<0.05)). There was no significant difference regarding physical wellbeing (10.5 cf 11.1 (T>0.05)). Conclusions The experience of care-giving significantly modified people's perception of others' quality of life. Caregivers as an important source of informal care require health system support, particularly from nurses.
Keywords : Quality of life; caregiver; chronic disease.