Factors associated with strain among informal care providers of patients with traumatic brain injury in Malaysia

Bamatraf, Amena Awadh and AlAmodi, Abdulhadi A. and Ali, Meryam Abdella and Chan, Chong Mei and Mazlan, Mazlina and Shareef, Mohammad Abrar (2020) Factors associated with strain among informal care providers of patients with traumatic brain injury in Malaysia. Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, 9 (6). pp. 2990-2994. ISSN 2249-4863, DOI https://doi.org/10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_247_20.

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Purpose: This study aims to investigate the level of strain and various influencing factors among informal care providers of traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in a single center in Malaysia via recruiting care providers of patients with TBI. The modified caregiver strain index (MCSI) questionnaires were utilized to ascertain the level of strain. The demographic data of informal care providers were also obtained. Independent sample t-test, analysis of variance (ANOVA), and a linear regression model were processed for data analysis. Results: A total of 140 informal care providers were included in the study. More than half of informal care providers claimed to have strain (54.3%). Factors associated with increased strain include receiving tertiary education, being of Chinese background, and employed experience higher strain level. Informal care providers with characteristics such as being single, retired and provided care for 5 years experienced a lower level of strain. Conclusion: Guidance on integrating the TBI knowledge into practice, assessing the care provider's level of strain regularly and providing supportive measures may aid in supporting informal care providers at risk.

Item Type: Article
Funders: None
Uncontrolled Keywords: Brain injury; Care; Informal; Provider; Strain
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine > Nursing Science Department
Faculty of Medicine > Rehabilitation Medicine Department
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2023 04:20
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2023 03:03
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/36631

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