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Health-related quality of life of family caregivers - evidence from Hesse

Gesundheitsbezogene Lebensqualität von pflegenden Familienangehörigen: Ergebnisse aus Hessen
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Rösler-Schidlack, Birgit; Stummer, Harald; Ostermann, Herwig

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Abstract Aim: The aim of this study was to analyse the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of primary family caregivers in comparison to the reference values of the average population. Subjects and methods: Data collection took place in the Werra-Meißner district in 2009 with a response rate of 102 primary family caregivers of frail elderly people. The health-related quality of life was measured with the Short Form 36 health survey (SF 36) and compared with the German reference values. Results: Compared to the health values of the normative sample, primary caregivers show significantly lower rates in all dimensions of health-related quality of life. In particular, caregivers between the ages of 53 to 61 report extremely low health values. Caregiving women compared to non-caregiving women have highly significant differences in all subscales of the SF 36. Caregiving men also report highly significant differences to non-caregiving men in all dimensions of the SF 36 except for Physical Functioning and General Health (p < 0.01). Caregivers in general and especially caregiving women aged 53 to 61 (midlife) were identified as at-risk groups for poor health. The latter report lower vitality and well-being, which may be a consequence of both social isolation and social impacts from multiple role demands. Conclusion: The identified high-risk groups of family caregivers, caregivers in midlife and especially caregiving women in midlife, should be supported by social measures, e.g., training courses for family caregivers, particularly in their home setting, and various types of respite care in order to sustain their health.
Keywords nursing care for the elderly; family member; home care; health; quality of life; gender-specific factors; Hesse; Federal Republic of Germany; health consequences; psychological stress; elderly; risk; illness; impact
Classification Medical Sociology; Health Policy
Method empirical; quantitative empirical
Free Keywords family caregiver; health-related quality of life; SF 36; gender differences
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 269-280
Journal Journal of Public Health, 19 (2010) 3
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10389-010-0369-z
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)