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Print version ISSN 2216-0973On-line version ISSN 2346-3414


ARIAS-ROJAS, Mauricio; CARRENO MORENO, Sonia; SEPULVEDA GARCIA, Aura  and  ROMERO BALLESTEROS, Ingrith. Overburden and Quality of Life of Caregivers of Patients with Cancer during Palliative Care. Rev Cuid [online]. 2021, vol.12, n.2, e1248.  Epub Oct 01, 2021. ISSN 2216-0973.


Family caregivers often experience caregiving overburden, which in turn may have implications for their quality of life. This study is aimed at describing the associations between the level of caregiving overburden and the quality of life of caregivers of patients with cancer during palliative care attending a quaternary healthcare institution in Medellin, Colombia.

Materials and Methods

A cross-sectional descriptive correlational study was conducted with 62 family caregivers. Participants' characterization, Zarit Caregiver Burden Scale and Caregiver Quality of Life questionnaires were administered. Correlation tests were performed using Pearson's correlation coefficient and simple linear regression model.


A Pearson’s correlation coefficient of r = -0.54 at p < 0.0001 was found between caregiver overburden and quality of life. Negative correlations were also identified across all dimensions of overburden and quality of life in caregivers. A regression model was established in which caregiver overburden ( β = 0.556 C I 95 % = 3.114 1.237) and being a married or common-law partnered caregiver ( β = 0.258 I C 95 % = 0.907 52.99) are predicting variables of quality of life.


A strong inverse correlation was found between overburden and quality of life of family caregivers of patients with cancer during palliative care.

Keywords : MeSH): Cost of Illness; Quality of Life; Caregivers; Palliative Care; Cancer.

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