Caregiver Burden in Patients with Pulmonary Hypertension.

Kocakaya D. , Keniş-Coşkun Ö. , Şentürk-Saraç B., Yıldızeli B. , Mutlu B., Karakurt S.

Clinical nursing research, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
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  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/1054773820977316
  • Title of Journal : Clinical nursing research


Both quality of life (QoL) and caregiver burden are essential constructs in patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH) however; their relationship has never been investigated before. The aim of this study was to evaluate if there was any relationship between patients' QoL and caregiver burden. Patients with PH and their caregivers were included. Patients' age, sex, World Health Organization (WHO) functional class, systolic pulmonary arterial pressure (sPAP), and six-minute walk distances (6MWD) were recorded. Patients' QoL was assessed using emPHasis-10 and caregiver burden with the Zarit Caregiver Burden Scale. 72 patient-caregiver dyads were included. Caregiver burden was significantly correlated with the QoL(r = 0.39 p < .003), but was not correlated with other clinical parameters. Patients' QoL showed significant negative correlation with the 6MWD(r = -0.46 p < .005). There is a moderate correlation between QoL and caregiver burden. Clinical parameters influence QoL, but they do not affect caregiver burden.