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Objective: To examine possible ways in which basic factors, mutuality and caregiving
rewards could be related to the quality of life of stroke patients’ caregivers.
Design: Correlational research.
Methodology: The study was conducted using Archbold & Stewart’s Family
Care Model. The sample population consisted of 100 main caregivers of stroke patients
treated at Rajburi Hospital. Data were collected by means of a questionnaire and analysed
using descriptive statistics, Fisher’s Exact Test, ETA and Spearman’s correlation coeffcient.
Results: Mutuality was found to have a positive relationship with the caregivers’
quality of life, at a signifcant level of .05 (r = .287). Relationships between some
basic factors, namely, sex, age, education level and length of caregiving, and caregiving
rewards, were not related in any signifcant way to the caregivers’ quality of life.
Recommendations: It is recommended that nurses evaluate the degree of mutuality
as part of a caring plan for caregivers, who in turn could enhance the quality of life of
the patients under their care.
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