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ORIGINAL RESEARCH PAPERS
Year : 2005  |  Volume : 47  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 148-152

Perception of burden by caregivers of patients with schizophrenia


Senior Psychiatrist, Institute of Mental Health and Hospital, Agra, India

Correspondence Address:
Sunil Srivastava
Senior Psychiatrist, Institute of Mental Health and Hospital, Agra
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.55938

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Background: There is a dearth of studies assessing the burden of caregivers of patients with schizophrenia and illness-related variables such as age, sex, duration of illness, domicile, martial status, education, employment and previous hospitalization. Aim: The study was conducted to measure the perception of burden by caregivers of patients with schizophrenia and its correlation with nine factors on the Burden Assessment Schedule (BAS) related to spouse, physical and mental health, external support, caregiver's routines, support to patient, responsibility-taking, other relatives, patient's behaviour and caregiver's strategy. Methods: Using BAS, we assessed the burden in a sample of caregivers of 34 patients with schizophrenia taken from the OPD of the Institute of Mental Health and Hospital, Agra. Results: A low positive correlation was found between urban domicile and support of the patient; of domicile Agra and effect on other relations; and domicile Agra and effect on the caregiver's routine. There was a low positive correlation between age less than 30 years and the physical and mental health of the caregiver, and with taking responsibility. The t test for population correlation was significant up to 5% probability level (p<0.05) for correlation between urban domicile and support of the patient; between domicile Agra and effect on other relations; between domicile Agra and the effect on the caregiver's routine; between age less than 30 years and the physical and mental health of the caregiver; and between age less than 30 years and taking responsibility. Conclusion: Further studies in this field are required including one with a non-linear correlation analytic design.



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