Author: Maria Mohammad Din
Supervisor: Dr. Saima Dawood
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The present study was aimed to explore the relationship between Caregiver Burden and ‘ ^Quality of Life among Caregivers of Alzheimer’s disease Patients (n=30) and Caregivers of Kidney Disease Patients (n=30). Mixed Design approach was used in the study in which both Quantitative and Qualitative methods were used to assess relationship between Caregiver |Burden and Quality of Life among Caregivers. In the Quantitative Phase Zarit Burden |Interview was used to asses Caregiver Burden and Quality of Life was assessed by using WHO-QOL Scale whereas in the Qualitative Phase In depth interviews were conducted to know the views and perceptions of Caregivers about their Caregiving experiences. Pearson Product Moment Correlation was used to assess relationship between Caregiver Burden and Equality of Life whereas t-test was employed to compare Burden and Quality of Life among Alzheimer’s disease Caregivers and Kidney Disease Caregivers. Content Analysis was used to find common themes related to Caregiver Burden and Quality of Life among Caregivers. Results of the study reveal that an overall weak negative relationship exists between Caregiver Burden and Quality of Life .Further it was found that the Caregivers of Alzheimer’s Disease Patients experience greater degree of Burden and an overall better Quality of Life as compared to Caregivers of Kidney Disease Patients. Significant themes |that emerged due to Caregiving experiences were: changes in lifestyle, feelings of satisfaction, feelings of both Reward and Burden, changes in Religious Activities, inability to care for self and enjoy pleasant moments of life.
Keywords:Caregiver Burden, Quality of Life, Alzheimers’, Kidney Disease.
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