Burden of Diabetic Foot Patients' Caregivers and Affecting Factors: A Cross-Sectional Study.

Hançerlioğlu S., Toygar İ. , Ayhan A., Yilmaz İ., Orhan Y., Özdemir G. S. , ...More

The international journal of lower extremity wounds, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
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  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/15347346211036530
  • Title of Journal : The international journal of lower extremity wounds
  • Keywords: diabetic foot, burden, caregivers, PREDICTORS


With the increase in the diabetic foot patients in recent decades, the caregivers of diabetic foot patients increase too. Most of these caregivers are informal caregivers. However, the studies examining the burden of the caregivers and affecting factors are limited. This study was conducted to determine the burden of the caregivers of diabetic foot patients and affecting factors. This cross-sectional study was conducted between the January and October 2020 in a diabetic foot council of a university hospital. Zarit Caregiver Burden Scale and a participant identification form were used for data collection. Most of the caregivers were female (75.2%) and the mean age was 51.27 +/- 11.48 years. The burden of the caregivers was at moderate level in the current study. Factors affecting the caregivers' burden were caregivers' age, patients' family structure, caregivers' education level, caregivers' income level, hours per week spending for the care of the patients, and lack of choice.