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Title: CAREGIVER BURDEN AND MASTERY IN AN OUTPATIENT SETTING: A CROSS-SECTIONAL QUANTITATIVE STUDY
Authors: ONG HUI QI, ODELIA
Keywords: Caregiver burden
mastery
caregivers
dementia
mild cognitive impairment
Issue Date: 25-May-2019
Citation: ONG HUI QI, ODELIA (2019-05-25). CAREGIVER BURDEN AND MASTERY IN AN OUTPATIENT SETTING: A CROSS-SECTIONAL QUANTITATIVE STUDY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Background: With dementia incidence increasing with age and a growing local ageing population, the number of Persons with Dementia (PWD) is projected to rise. Caregivers of PWD often face caregiver burden as they struggle to manage their personal life commitments and caregiving. Mastery is a potentially mitigating factor against caregiver burden. Existing literature focuses on caregiver burden and coping strategies in caregivers of PWD. However, the relationship between caregiver burden and mastery has not been investigated in family caregivers of care-recipients with diagnosed dementia or mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in the local outpatient setting. Aims: This study investigated (1) the caregiver sociodemographic characteristics that affected perceived caregiver burden and (2) the association between caregiver burden and mastery among family caregivers of care-recipients diagnosed with dementia or MCI. Methods: A cross-sectional quantitative design using purposive sampling was conducted on family caregivers of care-recipients with diagnosed dementia or MCI in the outpatient setting of a Singapore tertiary hospital. Sociodemographic information, Zarit Burden Interview (ZBI) and Pearlin Mastery Scale was used to measure the study variables of burden and mastery, respectively. Descriptive statistics, Pearson’s correlation and regression analyses were used in data analysis. Results: There was a moderate negative correlation between caregiver burden and mastery (r = -0.318, p = 0.003). Age (p = 0.007), education (p < 0.001), working status (p = 0.013) and having a spousal relationship with the carerecipient (p = 0.047) were found to be significantly associated with caregiver burden in univariate analyses. Mastery (p < 0.001) was found to be significantly associated with caregiver burden in a multivariate analysis that controlled for significant sociodemographic variables. Conclusion: The findings of this study suggest mastery as a buffer against caregiver burden. Our findings support the need for clinicians to focus and develop interventions to increase mastery in caregivers.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/153790
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