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01-11-2011 | Uitgave 9/2011

Quality of Life Research 9/2011

Quality of life and its correlates in caregivers of stroke survivors from a Nigerian population

Tijdschrift:
Quality of Life Research > Uitgave 9/2011
Auteurs:
Christopher O. Akosile, Emmanuel C. Okoye, M. Joseph Nwankwo, Claudius O. Akosile, Chidozie E. Mbada

Abstract

Purpose

The study aimed at determining the quality of life (QOL) of caregivers of stroke survivors in a Nigeria population and some patient and caregiver-related variables that may be associated with it.

Method

A survey of the QOL of volunteering informal caregivers of stroke survivors in purposively selected tertiary health centres from South-Eastern Nigeria was done using the SF-12 questionnaire.

Result

Caregivers rated their QOL fairly well. Older age, female gender and closeness in relationship to survivor were caregivers’ variables that were significantly related to poorer QOL scores. Being a woman close relative is associated with lower mental health scores while being an older close relative contributed to lower physical health score (P < 0.05). Caregivers’ scores on the physical and mental health domains correlated moderately with each other (r = 0.52) and highly with their overall QOL scores (r = 0.81 and 0.88).

Conclusion

Caring for stroke survivors in Nigeria seems to have adverse effects on the QOL of closer relatives who are either women or older. There is a need for clinicians to help those caregivers at risk find ways of improving and optimizing their QOL.

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