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Review and expectations of studies on burden of caregivers of old people with chronic diseases

YANG Bei-bei, ZHANG Ying   

  1. School of Nursing, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200025, China
  • Online:2014-09-28 Published:2014-09-26
  • Supported by:

    Foundation of Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, 13XJ10006; Scientific Research Innovation Project of Shanghai Municipal Education Committee,12YS029; Key Disciplines Construction Program of Shanghai


With the increasingly aging of Chinese population, longterm care for old people with chronic diseases becomes prominent. This paper reviews characteristics and burden of caregivers and ways to ease the burden from the perspective of the caregiver of old people with chronic diseases. The purpose is to establish a primarily analytic framework to motivate the study and family nursing for caring old people with chronic diseases, promote physical and mental health of old patients and their caregivers, improve the quality of life, and provide evidence for the “integral strategies” of family nursing.

Key words: the elderly, chronic disease, caregiving, caregiver, caregiver burdens