Relationships among Selected factors, Caregiving Burden, and Quality of life of Caregivers of Persons Undergoing Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis
This descriptive correlational study aimed to explore the relationship between selected factors on caregiver burden and the quality of life of caregivers of people undergoing continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD). Dependent Care Agency was used to guide this study. Eighty-five caregivers of persons undergoing CAPD at Renal clinic, Lampang hospital were purposively selected in this study. The demographic data, Reward of Caregiving Scale, the Family APGAR Questionnaire, Zarit Burden Interview and the Quality of Life Questionnaire were utilized to collect data in this study. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, Pearson’s correlation coefficient and Spearman’s Rho correlation coefficient. The results showed that the perception of caregiving burden was at mild to moderate, and quality of life (QOL) was at moderate. Age of caregivers was positively related to caregiving burden (r = .479, p < .01), and negatively related to QOL (r = -.334, p < .01). Health status was negatively related to caregiving burden (r = -.420, p < .01), and positively related to QOL (r = .451, p < .01). Reward of care giving was not related to caregiving burden (r = -.185, p > .05), and positively related to QOL (r = .512, p < .01). Family support was negatively related to caregiving burden (r = -.349, p < .01), and was positively related to QOL
(r = .432, p < .01). Duration of care was not related to caregiving burden and QOL (r = -.042, r = .117, p > .05) respectively. Caregiving burden was negatively related to QOL (r = -.524, p < .01). The results of the study can be used as a basis for the intervention such as formulating recommendations and supporting the caregivers in order to decrease caregiver burden and increase the QOL of caregivers.