Purpose/Objectives: To describe and examine the relationship between caregiver burden and the affective disorders anxiety and depression in caregivers of patients with brain metastases.
Design: Cross-sectional, descriptive, correlational.
Setting: Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego.
Sample: 56 family caregivers of patients with brain metastases from solid tumors at other primary sites.
Methods: Self-administered survey.
Main Research Variables: Caregiver burden, anxiety, and depression.
Findings: With the exception of caregiver esteem, no statistically significant relationships were noted between impact on schedule, a dimension of caregiver burden, and screening positive for affective disorders.
Conclusions: Findings from this study support previous reports indicating that the odds of having anxiety and depressive symptoms are greater in family caregivers who report higher levels of caregiver burden.
Implications for Nursing: The identification and management of caregiver burden are important considerations for a comprehensive cancer care program. Addressing the needs of the cancer caregiver, who is at heightened risk for various psychological, physical, financial, and social problems, is increasingly vital.