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VILLAREJO AGUILAR, L.; ZAMORA PENA, M.A. and CASADO PONCE, G.. Overload and pain in perceived caregivers of dependent elder. Enferm. glob. [online]. 2012, vol.11, n.27, pp.159-164. ISSN 1695-6141. http://dx.doi.org/10.4321/S1695-61412012000300009.
Objectives: To assess the subjective stress and perceived pain in carers of dependent elders, and whether the perceived pain intensity is associated with the caregiver overload or not. Material and methods: This is an observational, descriptive, transversal study. Variables: age, sex, family relationship, living together with the patient, educational level, time as a caregiver, paid work, the Caregiver Stress Index (IEC) and pain intensity (VAS). Descriptive and inferential statistical analysis: Student's T test, Pearson r and ANOVA, as appropriate. Results: IEC 6.58 ± 1.21, 6.60 ± 1.21 EVA, EVA and IEC correlation r = 0.571, p <0.0001, EVA and time as caregivers r = 0.340, p <0.026. Conclusions: The caregivers of dependent elders have high overhead rates and perception of pain caused by own characteristics of care required by dependent elders. There is a direct relationship between pain intensity and the degree of overload of the caregivers.
Keywords : overload; caregiver; pain; dependent elderly.