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Factors predicting burden among male caregivers of older adults with stroke

Sirinthip Nimitphuwadon (Faculty of Nursing, Burapha University, Chonburi, Thailand)
Pornchai Jullamate (Department of Gerontological Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Burapha University, Chonburi, Thailand)
Naiyana Piphatvanitcha (Department of Gerontological Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Burapha University, Chonburi, Thailand)
Sivasankari Nadarajan (Faculty of Nursing, Burapha University, Chonburi, Thailand)
Watchara Tabootwong (Department of Gerontological Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Burapha University, Chonburi, Thailand)

Working with Older People

ISSN: 1366-3666

Article publication date: 15 September 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to examine the factors predicting burden among the male caregivers of older adults with stroke.

Design/methodology/approach

This was a descriptive cross-sectional study. A simple random sampling technique was used to recruit 98 male caregivers in the outpatient department’s neurological clinic, at Banphaeo General Hospital. Data was collected using six questionnaires: the demographic questionnaire, the center for epidemiologic studies depression scale, the perceived health status interview form, the caregiver and patient relationship interview form, the Barthel ADL index and the Zarit burden interview. Descriptive statistics and stepwise multiple regression analysis were used for data analysis.

Findings

The male caregivers of older adults with stroke had a mild to moderate level of burden. Factors such as depression of caregivers and activities of daily living of older adults predicted the burden among male caregivers, explaining 53.6% of the variance. The findings imply that nurses can plan new approaches and interventions to alleviate the burden of male caregivers by reducing their depression levels and encouraging activities of daily living in the older adults. In addition, effective programs can be developed to provide informational support to caregivers for reducing their burden level.

Originality/value

Male caregivers with depressive symptoms had an increased caregiving burden. Therefore, health-care professionals should support and formulate guidelines to reduce the burden of caregiving among the male caregivers by considering predictive factors.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to express their sincere gratitude to the funding sources and the participants for their involvement in this study.

Funding: The study was supported by the Graduate School, Burapha University, Thailand, and the Rosenberg Gerontological Nursing Scholarship.

Citation

Nimitphuwadon, S., Jullamate, P., Piphatvanitcha, N., Nadarajan, S. and Tabootwong, W. (2022), "Factors predicting burden among male caregivers of older adults with stroke", Working with Older People, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/WWOP-08-2022-0032

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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