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Department of Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Dicle, Diyarbakir, Turkey.
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Background: Cancer could be called family-involving disease. The current study aimed at determining the relationship between the burden of care and life satisfaction of the Turkish mothers of children with cancer.
Methods: The current descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted on mothers of 194 children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia referred to a chemotherapy polyclinic. Data were collected using a demographic questionnaire, the Zarit Caregiver Burden Scale, and Life Satisfaction Scale, and analyzed with Student’s t-test for independent groups, One-way ANOVA, Mann Whitney U test, Kruskal Wallis, and regression tests using SPSS V. 16.
Results: Mean age of children was 7.26±3.78 (years), 53.6% were male, and 64.4% were previously enrolled at school but could not continue to study due to illness. A significant difference was observed between the average life satisfaction scale scores and economic status of the mothers (P<0.005). According to Pearson Product Moment Correlation analysis, a statistically significant negative correlation was observed between life satisfaction and caregiver burden scores (P<0.05) (r=-420, P=0.000).
Conclusion: Health care team and especially pediatric nurses should help the mothers by providing information about support systems and counseling services available in the community and facilitating the use of these resources to alleviate their stress and increase their life satisfaction.
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● The caregiver burden is a subjective and extremely stressful experience that is perceived by the caregiver.
● The current study was conducted on mothers of children with cancer to determine the relationship between the burden of care and their life satisfaction.
● A significant relationship was observed between the average life satisfaction scale scores and the economic status of the mothers.
● A significant negative relationship was found between life satisfaction and caregiver burden scores.
● The health care team and especially pediatric.
Plain Language Summary
Cancer can involve not only the patient but also his or her family as caregivers. The caregiver burden is a subjective experience that is perceived by the caregiver as being extremely stressful. It is also a condition that affects the physical and psychological well-being of caregivers and affects their personal and social relationships. The current study was conducted on mothers of 194 children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia to determine the relationship between the burden of care and life satisfaction of the Turkish mothers of children with cancer. Based on the results, a significant relationship was observed between the average life satisfaction scale scores and the economic status of the mothers. Also, a significant negative relationship was found between life satisfaction and caregiver burden scores. As a result, the health care team and especially pediatric nurses should help the mothers by providing information about support systems and counseling services available in the community to alleviate their stress and increase their life satisfaction.

Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2018/04/13 | Accepted: 2018/09/25 | Published: 2018/11/1

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