Correlation of family functionality and burden of informal caregivers of hospitalized older adults

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Aim: to analyze the relationship between family functionality and burden of informal caregivers of hospitalized older people. Methods: this is a cross-sectional study conducted with 98 informal caregivers of hospitalized older people in an inpatient unit of a large hospital in São Carlos, São Paulo. For data collection were used questionnaires to sociodemographic and care context characterization, to evaluate burden and family functionality. Descriptive analyzes and Spearman’s correlation coefficient were used. Results: female caregivers predominated, who took care of their parents and had no training. Approximately 59.8% of caregivers had good family functionality and 49.5% scored for mild to moderate burden. There was a negative correlation, moderate magnitude, between family functionality and burden (p<0,001). The higher the burden score, the lower the family functionality score and vice versa. Conclusion: caregivers with high burden had worse family functionality. Therefore, nurses need to identify such conditions early and implement assertive interventions so that the family functions as a therapeutic resource.

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de Arruda, M. S., Macedo, M. N. G. F., Ottaviani, A. C., Nunes, D. P., Cardoso, J. de F. Z., Dos Santos, K. C., … Dos Santos-Orlandi, A. A. (2022). Correlation of family functionality and burden of informal caregivers of hospitalized older adults. Revista Gaucha de Enfermagem, 43. https://doi.org/10.1590/1983-1447.2022.20210081.en

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