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Determinants of Burden and Satisfaction in Informal Caregivers: Two Sides of the Same Coin? The CUIDAR-SE Study

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Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pública (EASP), 18080 Granada, Spain
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Instituto de Investigación Biosanitaria de Granada ibs.GRANADA, 18012 Granada, Spain
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CIBER en Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP), 28029 Madrid, Spain
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Departamento de Análisis Económico y Seminario de Investigación en Economía y Salud (SIES), Universidad de Castilla-La mancha, 45071 Toledo, Spain
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Departamento de Salud del Gobierno Vasco, 20010 San Sebastián (Gipuzkoa), Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(22), 4378; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16224378
Received: 3 October 2019 / Revised: 5 November 2019 / Accepted: 5 November 2019 / Published: 9 November 2019
The aim of this study conducted in Spain was to analyze and compare burden, severe burden, and satisfaction among informal caregivers in relation to health-related quality of life (HRQoL), type and duration of caregiving, perceived social support, and use of social and health care services. We performed multivariate analyses to identify variables associated with caregiver burden, severe burden, and satisfaction with caregiving, stratified by gender. The results showed that secondary or third-level education, performance of ungratifying tasks, negative coping with caregiving, and more years providing care were associated with greater burden. Variables with protective effect were better perceived health of the person being cared for, better caregiver HRQoL, and high perceived social support. Women were 75% more likely to experience severe burden compared with male caregivers. Burden was reduced by high perceived social support in the case of women and by high caregiver HRQoL in the case of men. The main determinant of caregiving satisfaction for both men and women was perceived social support (OR = 3.11 and OR = 6.64). This study shows the need for interventions that promote gender equality and social support as a means of relieving burden and severe burden and improving satisfaction in both male and female caregivers. View Full-Text
Keywords: informal care; caregiver; burden; satisfaction; health related quality of life; gender informal care; caregiver; burden; satisfaction; health related quality of life; gender
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García-Mochón, L.; Peña-Longobardo, L.M.; del Río-Lozano, M.; Oliva-Moreno, J.; Larrañaga-Padilla, I.; García-Calvente, M.M. Determinants of Burden and Satisfaction in Informal Caregivers: Two Sides of the Same Coin? The CUIDAR-SE Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4378.

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