The effect of relaxation exercises on burden, burnout, and anxiety levels in palliative caregivers


PERSPECTIVES IN PSYCHIATRIC CARE, vol.58, no.3, pp.1089-1095, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 58 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/ppc.12906
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Psycinfo
  • Page Numbers: pp.1089-1095
  • Keywords: anxiety, burnout, caregiver, caregiver burden, palliative care, relaxation exercise, vital sign
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: No


Purpose The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of relaxation exercises on burden, burnout, and anxiety levels in palliative caregivers. Design and Methods The single-group pretest-posttest design was used. The sample of the study consisted of 60 caregivers. Relaxation exercises were administered to caregivers 2 times a week for 4 weeks and 8 times. Burden, burnout, and anxiety levels were evaluated on the preinterventions and postinterventions. Findings The mean age of the caregivers was 43.82 +/- 10.19 years. The majority of the palliative patients were diagnosed with dementia (58.3%), the duration of diagnosis was between 1 and 5 years (70.0%). It was determined that relaxation exercises reduced to caregivers' burden, burnout, and state anxiety levels (p < 0.01). Practice Implications The study concluded that relaxation exercises had positive effect on caregivers' burden, burnout, anxiety levels.