Frequency and correlates of symptoms of anxiety and depression among young caregivers of cancer patients: a pilot study.



Majeed, Muhammad Hassan ORCID: 0000-0001-6123-8299, Khokhar, Muhammad Abbas, Abid, Maryam, Raza, Awais, Qaisar, Muhammad Nawaz ORCID: 0000-0001-8854-6013, Ali, Ali Ahsan and Waqas, Ahmed
(2018) Frequency and correlates of symptoms of anxiety and depression among young caregivers of cancer patients: a pilot study. BMC research notes, 11 (1). 631 - ?.

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Abstract

<h4>Objectives</h4>To determine the frequency of symptoms of anxiety and depression among the young caregivers of family members with cancer and their correlation with role of gender, age and socio-economic status.<h4>Results</h4>A total of 87.8% of caregivers were between 11 and 16 years of age, with 94.6% reported having support from another caregiver. At least 95% of caregivers reported symptoms of anxiety with a higher predisposition among females. Around 73% of caregivers had low monthly incomes followed by (22.9%) middle and (4.1%) high monthly incomes. Care givers belonging to low income groups were more likely to report anxiety and depressive symptoms (70%). Young adults 17-18 years of age reported fewer symptoms of anxiety (10.9%) than their younger counterparts. Reported symptoms of anxiety and depression decreased when the number of care givers increased-2 (67.5%), 3 (16.2%), 4 (5.4%). Increased hospital stay was associated with increased frequency of symptoms, but not beyond 5 weeks.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans, Neoplasms, Cross-Sectional Studies, Pilot Projects, Reproducibility of Results, Depression, Anxiety, Adolescent, Child, Caregivers, Pakistan, Female, Male, Young Adult
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2019 10:18
Last Modified: 17 May 2022 11:48
DOI: 10.1186/s13104-018-3740-8
Open Access URL: https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-018-3740-8
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3035910