International Journal of Caring Sciences, vol.13, no.1, pp.224-230, 2020 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions)
Aims: The study is descriptive and cross-sectional in order to evaluate the care burden of "care-giver" relatives of the patients
who were diagnosed with colon cancer and underwent surgery.
Materials and Methods: This study was conducted in the General Surgery Services of the Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty,
Istanbul University. The sample consisted of "care-giver" relatives of 130 patients hospitalized in the General Surgery
Services of the Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, Istanbul University between November 2014 and June 2015, diagnosed with
colon cancer, and undergoing surgery. Data were collected by the Zarit Burden Interview. The data were evaluated by using
the SPSS package program.
Results: The average age of the caregivers was 46 years. The majority of the caregivers were female, married, and primary
school graduate. 48.5% of them were spouse and 82.3% of the caregivers provided constantly care, and had difficulties
mostly in hygiene practices. Mean score obtained by the caregivers from Zarit Burden Interview was 31.37±8.92 (7-63).
Conclusion: The caregivers of patients with colon cancer had moderate and severe burden. Subjects who were female,
spouses, stayed in the hospital for more than one month and provided care in turns, were significantly higher.