Assessment Of Care Giver Burden Among Patients With Heart Failure In A Tertiary Care Hospital

Research Article
Sreeja M S and Dhanya R Dharan
Care giver burden, Heart failure

Objective: Identify the care giver burden among primary care givers of patients with Heart Failure and to find out the relationship between care giver burden and selected demographic and clinical variables of patients with heart failure. Materials and methods: The quantitative research approach and descriptive design was used to accomplish the aim of the study. The setting was cardiology Inpatient and out patient units of AIMS, Kochi. Study included 40 caregivers of patients with heart failure.Data was collected using caregiver burden questionnaire for heart failure(CBQ-HF). The data was transferred to SPSS -21. Analysis were done using descriptive and inferential statstics. Results: The results of the study show that majority of 24 subjects (60%) have mild burden, 12 subjects (30%) have moderate burden and 4 (10.0%) have severe burden. There is significant association between care giver burden and age of the client, occupation, presence of comorbidities, and exacerbation of heart failure symptoms. Conclusion: Study throws light into the necessity for care giver education and social support which positively influence the quality of life of patients with heart failure.