Author(s): Einollahi B, Taheri S, Nemati E, Abbaszadeh S, Pourfarziani V,
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Abstract Burden among care-givers of chronically ill patients has been widely investigated. However, there is no study evaluating perceived pressure on care-givers of kidney transplant recipients. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of care-giving to renal transplant recipients in Iranian Muslim population and to analyze factors associated with it. A cross-sectional study was carried out involving 41 care-givers of renal recipients. The Care-giver Burden Scale (CB Scale) was used to evaluate the care-giver's perceived burden and its correlates. Statistical analysis was performed using software SPSS v.13.0. P (p 0.05), and being a parent or spouse to the patient (p 0.05). We also found significant adverse effects of patients' second transplantation and gender (male) on care-givers' burden. There was no significant relationship between care-giver burden score and patients' marital status, education level, operation time, age, donor type (cadaveric or living), and dialysis history before and after transplantation. In conclusion, care-givers experience strain, which has implications for research and service provision. Service providers need to identify those care-givers at risk of greater strain and help them in situations that cannot be altered. Future research should be conducted to identify the effects of interventions, on care-givers' burden perception.
This article was published in Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl
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