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Measuring carer burden in informal carers of patients with long-term conditions.

Kudra, A and Lees, C and Morrell-Scott, N (2017) Measuring carer burden in informal carers of patients with long-term conditions. British Journal of Community Nursing, 22 (5). ISSN 1462-4753

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION: The aim of this literature review is to identify the most common tools used to measure burden in carers of people with Parkinson's disease (PD), heart failure (HF), multiple sclerosis (MS) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). METHOD: Databases such as Medline, PsycINFO, CINAHL and Academic Search Complete were searched. Studies in which carer burden was measured were included. RESULTS: Zarit Burden Inventory and Caregiver Reaction Assessment were most commonly used to measure carer burden, regardless of the chronic condition. A wide range of other instruments were also used. CONCLUSIONS: Even though a range of tools are available, further improvements are necessary in order to enable healthcare professionals to identify carers experiencing high burden.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1110 Nursing
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
School of Nursing & Allied Health
Publisher: Mark Allen Healthcare
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Date Deposited: 22 May 2017 08:55
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2017 21:43
DOI or Identification number: 10.12968/bjcn.2017.22.5.230
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6535

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