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Caregiver's burden, depression and support as predictors of post-stroke depression: a cross-sectional survey

M Suh, K Kim, I Kim, N Cho, H Choi, S Noh
International Journal of Nursing Studies 2005, 42 (6): 611-8
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To examine the effects of caregiver's burden, depression, and support on post-stroke depression (PSD), cross-sectional data were obtained from an epidemiologic survey of 225 stroke survivors and their caregivers living in Seoul, Korea. Multivariate analyses showed that, taking the clinical status of patients into account, caregiver's burden, depression and support were related to higher PSD. Perceived burden exerts adverse effects on PSD through its influence on the depression in caregivers. Hence, the care of stroke survivors that incorporates the care of caregivers is likely to reduce the risk of post-stroke depression in patients.

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