Caregiver Burden, Quality of Life and Related Factors in Family Caregivers of Dementia Patients in Turkey.

Tulek Z., Baykal D., Erturk S., Bilgic B., Hanagasi H. A., Gurvit İ. H.

Issues in mental health nursing, vol.41, no.8, pp.741-749, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 41 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/01612840.2019.1705945
  • Journal Name: Issues in mental health nursing
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, ASSIA, Abstracts in Social Gerontology, CINAHL, Educational research abstracts (ERA), EMBASE, Gender Studies Database, MEDLINE, Psycinfo, Public Affairs Index, Violence & Abuse Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.741-749
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


© 2020 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.This study aimed to evaluate caregiver burden and quality of life (QoL) and their predictors in family caregivers of dementia patients. A descriptive cross-sectional survey was carried out with a sample of 102 patients and their family caregivers. The Caregiver Burden Inventory (CBI) and Short Form-12 (SF-12) were used to collect data. CBI mean score was 37.97 ± 21.30. Mean scores of SF-12 sub-domains varied between 36.02 and 77.94 and were significantly lower as compared to normative means of the general population, excluding only the physical health subdomain. Among several patient and caregiver-related correlations, the number of medications and worse cognitive function of the patient, caregiver’s age and having limited space at home were found as predictors of burden, whereas caregiver’s chronic disease and having a limited space were predictors of QoL. Also, the burden and QoL were correlated. This study demonstrated a high burden and low QoL in dementia caregivers. In societies where caregivers are mostly informal such as that in Turkey, supportive systems should be established.