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Caregiver Burden and Perceived Social Support among Caregivers of Patients with Cancer

  • Kahriman, Fatma (Ataturk Training and Research Hospital, Izmir Katip Celebi University) ;
  • Zaybak, Ayten (Faculty of Nursing, Ege University)
  • Published : 2015.04.29

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to describe the relationship between caregiver burden and perceived social support among caregivers of patients with cancer. The research was conducted in a university hospital in ${\dot{I}}zmir$, Turkey. Eighty patient relatives who provided care service to patients with cancer who were admitted at hematology and oncology clinics participated in the study. The findings indicated that the care burden score was mild level. The mean of the perceived social support score was $58.4{\pm}21.0$ supporting the conclusion that there is a weak and negative-direct relation between caregiver and perceived social support and that as the perceived social support increased, conversely, care burden decreased.

Keywords

Caregiver;caregiver burden;perceived social support;cancer

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