Appraisal of Burden of Caregivers to Chronically Rehabilitated Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries in a Tertiary Neurological Center in Nepal

Giovanni Grasso, Sunil Munakomi, Sangam Shrestha, Narendra Prasad Joshi, Suja Gurung, Kanchan Bharati, Avinash Mishra, Arzu Bajracharya, Kusum Dhamala, Marwin Dewan

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The care of a patient with a spinal cord injury is part of healthcare systems. It causes a substantial physical and emotional drain on the caretakers who often are in short supply and thus may lack adequate training, preparation, and support. Long hours of assisting a chronically handicapped patient with activities of daily living and exercises decrease the rehabilitator’s quality of life and take a psychological toll that increases a risk of burnout syndrome. The present study found a significant caregiving burden among care providers of chronically dependent patients with spinal cord injuries. Additionally, financial drain escalates the issue in this rather neglected health and quality of life aspect concerning caregivers. For the situation to improve, there must be a paradigm shift in care taking toward the motivative patient’s participation in the rehabilitative process. Provisions for social support and educational programs focusing on the patients and their families need to be reappraised.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteMedical and Biomedical Updates
Numero di pagine7
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2021

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