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, 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

OBJECTIVES: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. RESULTS: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: 27 Aug 2019 07:20
DOI: 10.1186/s13104-018-3740-8
Open Access URL: https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-018-3740-8
URI: http://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3035910
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