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Anxiety and low life satisfaction associate with high caregiver strain early after stroke

Daniëlla M. Oosterveer, Radha Rambaran Mishre, Andrea van Oort, Karin Bodde, Leo A. M. Aerden
Sophia Rehabilitation centre, Delft, The Netherlands
DOI: 10.2340/16501977-1250


Objective: Caregivers play an important role in the well-being of stroke patients, and are known to experience considerable strain 3 months or more after patient discharge. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and determinants of caregiver strain early after discharge.
Methods: Six weeks after discharge from the hospital or rehabilitation setting stroke-surviving patients and their caregivers were seen by a specialized nurse. Several screening lists, including the Caregiver Strain Index (CSI), were completed. Step-wise logistic regression was used to analyse which determinants independently contribute to caregiver strain.
Results: A total of 284 stroke-surviving patients were included in the study. Of the 179 caregivers who completed the CSI, 23 (12. 8%) experienced considerable strain. A higher level of anxiety symptoms and lower life satisfaction in patients are independently associated with higher caregiver strain (p = 0. 000007 and p = 0. 0031, respectively).
Conclusion: High strain is experienced by 12. 8% of caregivers shortly after discharge of a stroke-surviving patient. More anxiety symptoms and lower life satisfaction in patients are independently associated with a higher level of strain in caregivers. Treating patient anxiety at an early stage might therefore lead to a decrease in long-term caregiver strain.

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