Exploring Informal Caregivers' Views on Their Perceived Burden

Lotte Prevo*, Evelyne Linssen, Klaasjan Hajema, Stef Kremers, Rik Crutzen, Francine Schneider

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The problem of overburdening is increasing among informal caregivers. Some attention has been paid to relationship factors, positive effects of caregiving, and coping strategies in relation to caregivers' perceived burdens, as these factors might make valuable contributions. The aim of this study was to thoroughly explore the views, experiences, and interpretations of informal caregivers with regard to these factors, who lived in the southernmost part of the Netherlands. In this qualitative case study design, 26 informal caregivers were interviewed using a semistructured questionnaire. The respondents indicated that having a good relationship with the care recipient, experiencing positive effects of providing care, and using coping strategies reduced their burden. In the future, longitudinal research is warranted to determine the actual contribution of these factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-53
Number of pages7
JournalHome Health Care Management and Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2018


  • informal care
  • participation
  • perceived burden
  • relationship
  • coping
  • positive effects
  • LIFE


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