Burden and anxiety experienced by family caregivers. Systematic review.

The group of elderly people has been increasing in recent years; most of them have dependency problems that require the presence of a person to help with their basic needs, such as dressing, washing, etc. Carers are mainly family members who focus their time and energy to caring for these elderly people. For them, these cares has consequences that affect both physical and emotional health, including overload and anxiety.

In this study, a systematic review has been carried out in which has been found the relationship between caregiving overload and anxiety symptoms experienced by family caregivers. There is a strong positive association between overburden and anxiety symptoms, the more overburden the caregiver experiences, the more likely to experience anxiety. Thus, we see that overburden is an important risk factor for the anxiety that family caregivers may experience.

In view of these results, it is proposed that interventions targeting overload could be beneficial for the prevention of anxiety in family caregivers.

The article is available at:

Del-Pino-Casado R, Priego-Cubero E, López-Martínez C, Orgeta V. Subjective caregiver burden and anxiety in informal caregivers: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS One. 2021 Mar 1;16(3):e0247143. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0247143. PMID: 33647035

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