OJN  Vol.4 No.4 , April 2014
Being a Next of Kin—Experiences of Burden and Quality of Life
Abstract: Aim and Objectives: To increase the understanding of next of kin’s life situation in the context of supporting persons who are long term ill, disabled and/or older by describing their experienced burden and quality of life and also the relationship between QoL, burden and socioeconomic variables. Methods: Cross-sectional, descriptive and correlative design. Eighty-four next of kin answered two questionnaires: the Caregiver Burden Scale and the Subjective Quality of Life. Results: Next of kin experienced a high burden in their life situation although they, at the same time, experienced a good quality of life. In the results gender differences were found. Females next of kin to a higher extent were disappointed, more emotionally involved, and they also estimated their economic situation as more unsatisfactory than the males next of kin. Conclusion: Healthcare personnel meet next of kin, persons in need of care, within all healthcare and social care in society. Therefore it is important to have a general knowledge and ability to understand the next of kin’s life situation, thus making it possible to focus the nursing interventions on individual support regardless of the care receiver’s diagnosis.
Cite this paper: Liedström, E. , Kihlgren, A. , Skovdahl, K. and Windahl, J. (2014) Being a Next of Kin—Experiences of Burden and Quality of Life. Open Journal of Nursing, 4, 275-286. doi: 10.4236/ojn.2014.44032.

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