Caregiver Burden Inventory

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Huma Hassan , Prof. Dr. Najma Najam


The present study was carried out to develop an indigenous scale on caregiver burden for the assessment of caregivers who care for patients with chronic illness. The non-probability purposive sampling strategy was used in the study. To generate the items, 8 caregivers of dementia patients were interviewed at the outdoor patient ward of Department of Neurology, General Hospital, Lahore. Later on, for the validation of the study, sample of (N=150) caregivers were taken and the initial item pool was administered on them at the outdoor patient ward of Neurology at General Hospital and Services Hospital. Component factor analysis revealed 4 factors which were labeled as financial and physical burden, emotional caregiver burden and patient’s dependency, psychological burden and social burden. Item analysis revealed moderate to high levels of inter-item correlations. Total 24 items were retained. Each item of the scales described a situation which carried potential caregiver burden. Reliability analysis revealed that subscales had alpha values.92, .74, .75 and .81 respectively, much greater than the required value.

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