Care of caregivers – who is responsible?

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https://doi.org/10.47203/IJCH.2021.v33i02.033

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Caregiver Burden, Life Expectancy, Non Communicable Diseases

Abstract

Demographic and epidemiologic transition coupled with increasing life expectancy has resulted in high old age dependency ratios and rising burden of comorbidities; especially non communicable diseases. This demands large pool of caregivers to support the dependents; physically, psychologically and financially. But the problems faced by caregivers – stress, anxiety, monetary, physical exhaustion and sickness, lack of time for personal care and health resulting in caregiver burden – is often neglected. This article summarizes the importance and/or role of caregivers, theirs problems and recommendations to identify, manage and prevent caregiver burden. The involvement of various stakeholders namely medical and para-medical colleges through training and medical education, hospitals, physicians, psychiatrists and/or psychologists, research organizations, governments and their policies is the need of the hour.

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2021-06-30

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Karpaga PP, Padhy GK, Kumar M. Care of caregivers – who is responsible?. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2021 Jun. 30 [cited 2024 May 20];33(2):400-3. Available from: https://iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/2136

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