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Impact of Physical Therapy on Burden of Caregivers of Individuals with Functional Disability

Authors:

Anushree Narekuli,

Dept of Physiotherapy MCOAHS, Manipal University, Manipal, IN
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Kavitha Raja ,

Dept of Physiotherapy, MCOAHS, Manipal University Manipal-576104, IN
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Professor, kavatul@yahoo.com

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D Senthil Kumaran

Dept of Physiotherapy, MCOAHS, Manipal University, IN
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Associate Professor

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Abstract

Advances in medical science have resulted in a concomitant increase in the life span
of persons with disabilities. The prevalence of chronic disease, an aging population
and the ongoing shift of the site of care from institutions to the community, have
resulted in a significant increase in the informal care provided by family members
and friends of those living with chronic illnesses. This in turn increases the burden
on the family, by way of physical and psychological stressors.

The objectives of this study were to identify the burden perceived by caregivers
of individuals with functional disability, and to evaluate the effects of a tailored
physical therapy intervention, or caregiver education, on the caregivers’ burden.
Ninety seven persons were deliberately assigned, based on their accessibility, to
the control group, caregiver education group and intervention group.

Although there was no statistically significant difference between the groups, among caregivers of persons affected by moderate to severe disability, there were trends showing greater reduction in caregiver stress and burden in the intervention group.

These trends and comments from individual participants point to an improvement in caregiver burden with physiotherapy intervention. Hence, it can be suggested that physiotherapy management of persons with disabilities must also include caregiver health.

How to Cite: Narekuli, A., Raja, K. and Kumaran, D.S., 2011. Impact of Physical Therapy on Burden of Caregivers of Individuals with Functional Disability. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 22(1), pp.108–119. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5463/dcid.v22i1.17
Published on 02 May 2011.
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