Print Email Facebook Twitter Burden of informal caregiving for stroke patients: Identification of caregivers at risk of adverse health effects Title Burden of informal caregiving for stroke patients: Identification of caregivers at risk of adverse health effects Author van Exel, N.J.A. Koopmanschap, M.A. van den Berg, B. Brouwer, W.B.F. van den Bos, G.A.M. TNO Preventie en Gezondheid Publication year 2005 Abstract Background: We assessed the objective and subjective burden of caregiving for stroke patients and investigated which characteristics of the patient, the informal caregiver and the objective burden contribute most to subjective burden and to the condition of feeling substantially burdened. Methods: We studied a sample of 151 stroke survivors and their primary informal caregivers. We collected data through patient and caregiver interviews 6 months after stroke. Results: Both the level of subjective burden and the condition of feeling substantially burdened were associated with both caregiver's and patient's health-related quality of life, patient's age, and the number of caregiving tasks performed. Conclusions: These conditions can be used in clinical practice to identify potentially vulnerable caregivers in need of support and at risk of adverse health effects. Monitoring stroke survivors as well as their family caregivers at discharge may help to prevent or alleviate caregiver burden. Copyright © 2005 S. Karger AG, Basel. Subject HealthCaregiver strain indexInformal caregiversObjective burdenSelf-rated burdenStrokeSubjective burdenClinical practiceControlled studyFamilyHealth hazardHospital dischargeInterviewPatient monitoringSampleStrokeTask performanceAdaptation, PsychologicalAdultAgedAged, 80 and overCaregiversCerebrovascular AccidentCost of IllnessFamily HealthFemaleHumansMaleMiddle AgedQuality of LifeRisk FactorsSocial Support To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:e8dd18a7-7cd2-458b-83a4-c6bb5bed4134 DOI https://doi.org/10.1159/000081906 TNO identifier 238310 ISSN 1015-9770 Source Cerebrovascular Diseases, 19 (1), 11-17 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.