Caregiver burden of family members of persons living with HIV in Thailand

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Lee S-J, Li L, Jiraphongsa C, Rotheram-Borus MJ. International Journal of Nursing Practice 2010; 16: 57–63

Caregiver burden of family members of persons living with HIV in Thailand

Caregivers of people living with HIV (PLH) in Thailand face tremendous caregiver burden. This study examines complex ways in which caregivers' mental health affects their levels of caregiver burden. This study uses data from 409 caregivers of PLH in northern and north-eastern Thailand. Multiple regression models were used to examine the predictors of caregiver burden. Depression was significantly associated with caregiver burden (P < 0.0001) and being HIV positive (P = 0.015). Inverse associations were observed between depression and quality of life (P < 0.0001) and caregiver burden and quality of life (P = 0.004). Social support had direct positive association with caregiver's quality of life (P < 0.0001). Our findings underscore the complex relationship between caregiver burden, depression and HIV-status. Interventions that address the caregiver burden are urgently needed.

Keywords: HIV; Thailand; caregiver burden

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1440-172X.2009.01812.x

Affiliations: 1: Research Sociologist, University of California, Semel Institute Center for Community Health, Los Angeles, California, USA 2: Chief of Field Epidemiology Training Program, Thai Ministry of Public Health, Bureau of Epidemiology, Bangkok, Thailand 3: Professor, University of California, Semel Institute Center for Community Health, Los Angeles, California, USA

Publication date: February 1, 2010

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