Self-Efficacy Levels of Individuals with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Investıgation of Caregiver Burden

Ozlem Ugur, Sevgi Kizilci, Dokuz Eylul, Dilek Besen, Asistant Professor, Dokuz Eylul, Hamdiye Arda, Goksen Duran
International Journal of Caring Sciences   unpublished
Objectives: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive airway disease. It leads to cognitive and physical limitations, makes the patient dependent on others and eventually causes him/her to lose self-confidence. One of the main problems suffered by caregivers is caregiver burden. In this context, the objective of the study is to investigate the relationship between caregiver burden and self-efficacy levels of COPD patients who need care support. Methods: The study was
more » ... as a descriptive and cross-sectional one. The study sample comprised 78 COPD patients who were treated in the chest clinic of a university hospital between January 2013 and August 2013 and had no communication problem and caregivers of these patients. The data were collected through face-to-face interviews. The following were used as data collection tools: "Patient's Socio-Demographic Characteristics Questionnaire", "Self-Efficacy Questionnaire", "Caregiver's Socio-Demographic Characteristics Questionnaire" and "Caregiver Burden Scale". To analyze the data, Descriptive Statistics, T-Test, Analysis Of Variance (ANOVA) And Pearson's Correlation Test were used Results: The mean total self-efficacy score of the patients was 90.53 ± 26.88 whereas the mean caregiver burden score of the caregivers was 26.98. A statistically significant, moderate negative linear relationship was determined between caregiver burden scores of the caregivers and self-efficacy scores of the patients. Conclusions: It was determined that as the COPD patients' self-efficacy score decreased, so did caregiver burden scores of the caregivers increase.