The Perceived Caregiver Burden Among Turkish Family Caregivers Providing Care for Frail Older Adults

Metin Z. G. , KARADAŞ C. , Balci C., CANKURTARAN M.

JOURNAL OF TRANSCULTURAL NURSING, vol.30, no.3, pp.222-230, 2019 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/1043659618790041
  • Page Numbers: pp.222-230
  • Keywords: caregiver burden, care recipient, cultural background, frailty, Turkish population, INFORMAL CAREGIVERS, DEMENTIA, SCALE, LIFE


Purpose: The older population has reached to 8.5%, and the prevalence of frailty is reported as 39.2% in Turkey. The purpose of the study was to assess caregiver burden in families who care for frail older adults in Turkish culture. Method: This descriptive study was conducted in Turkey between June and October 2017. Frail older adults who had no severe cognitive impairment were included. Data were measured using the Older Adult Information Form, Edmonton Frailty Scale, Caregiver Information Form, and Zarit Burden Interview. Results: In total, 131 older person/caregiver dyads were analyzed; the Zarit Burden Interview mean score was 37.59 +/- 18.20. Caregivers with less education and providing care more than 8 hours experienced a higher burden (p < .05). The severity of frailty significantly correlated with the caregiver scores (R = .36, p < .01). Conclusion: The caregiver burden in Turkish family caregivers was found mild to moderate and correlated with the degree of frailty. Policymakers should focus on culture-specific formal caregiver services.