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Levels of Care Burden and Self-efficacy for Informal Caregiver of Patients With Cancer

Yildiz, Esra PhD, RN; Karakaş, Sibel Asi PhD, RN; Güngörmüş, Zeynep PhD, RN; Cengiz, Mine Msc, BSN

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000185

This descriptive study was conducted to determine the levels of self-efficacy and caregiver burden experienced by caregivers for patients with cancer. The study was conducted at the oncology clinic of a hospital in Erzurum city, Turkey. The study sample consisted of 101 caregivers of patients hospitalized with a diagnosis of cancer. The Self-Efficacy Scale Turkish version and the Zarit Caregiver Burden Scale, which is a sociodemographic questionnaire, were used for data collection. The level for the burden of care for caregivers to patients with cancer was moderate, and the level of self-efficacy was moderate. A statistically significant, positive relationship was found between the scores for the Care Burden Scale and the Completing Behavior Subscale (r = 0.213; P < .05). A statistically significant, negative relationship was observed between the mean scores of the Care Burden Scale with Self-Efficacy Scale's total score (r = −0.104; P < .05), Sustaining Behavior Subscale (r = −0.324; P < .01), and Initiating Behavior Subscale (r = −0.199; P ≤ .05). Therefore, initiatives focused on self-efficacy levels should be developed to increase the abilities of caregivers for patients with cancer.

Department of Public Health Nursıng, Faculty of Health Sciences (Dr Yildiz), Department of Psychiatry Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences (Dr Karakaş), Department of Psychiatry Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences (Mr Cengiz), Atatürk University, Erzurum, Turkey; and Department of Public Health Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Gaziantep University, Gaziantep, Turkey (Dr Güngörmüş).

Correspondence: Zeynep Güngörmüş, PhD, RN, Department of Public Health Nursıng, Faculty of Health Sciences, Gazıantep University, Gaziantep, Turkey (

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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