Korean J Hosp Palliat Care.  2014 Jun;17(2):75-84. 10.14475/kjhpc.2014.17.2.75.

Impact Factors for Health of Family Caregivers of Hospice Patients

Affiliations
  • 1College of Nursing, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, Kyungil University, Gyeongsan, Korea. greens@hanmail.net

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study was conducted to explore predictors of health status of family caregivers of hospice patients.
METHODS
This study included 118 family caregivers of patients who were admitted to the hospice ward of three general hospitals in D city. The collected data were analyzed by frequency, percentage, t-test, one-way ANOVA, Pearson's correlation coefficients, and stepwise multiple regression using the SPSS WIN 18.0 program.
RESULTS
The mean score for overall health of family caregivers was 2.68 (+/-0.42). Mean scores for variables related to health were 2.55 (+/-0.37) for sleep quality, 1.91 (+/-0.41) for anxiety and 2.78 (+/-0.33) for hope. Variables such as sleep quality, gender, anxiety and hope explained 59.8% of variance among family caregivers' health conditions.
CONCLUSION
These results suggest the need for nurses to search for ways to promote health of hospice patients' family caregivers, such as improving the quality of sleep, easing their anxiety and encouraging hope.

Keyword

Caregivers; Health status; Sleep; Anxiety; Hope

MeSH Terms

Anxiety
Caregivers*
Hope
Hospices*
Hospitals, General
Humans
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