BioScience Trends. 2018;12(5):520-522. (DOI: 10.5582/bst.2018.01175)

The relation between social cohesion and the care burden of family healthcare providers.

Naganuma Y, Kihara S, Fujita Y, Yamaoka K, Takahashi K


This study aimed to clarify the relationship between social cohesion and family care burden. The social capital indicators of Kondo et al. and the short version of the Zarit Care Burden Interview Scale in Japanese (J-ZBI_8) were used. Data were analyzed by multiple regression models. Seventy-one caregivers responded. Factors showing statistical significance in the multiple regression analysis included "receipt of emotional support" (p = 0.009) and "instrumental support provided" (p = 0.010). Social support was suggested to have a possible effect on the care burden of the main caregivers to relate to less burden. The gap between the original ideal loss and the social role caused by providing nursing care is likely to increase the degree of care burden.

KEYWORDS: Care burden, family caregivers, home care, social cohesion, Zarit Care Burden Interview Scale

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