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Revista Brasileira de Epidemiologia

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NUNES, Daniella Pires; BRITO, Tábatta Renata Pereira de; DUARTE, Yeda Aparecida de Oliveira  and  LEBRAO, Maria Lúcia. Caregivers of elderly and excessive tension associated to care: evidence of the Sabe Study. Rev. bras. epidemiol. [online]. 2018, vol.21, suppl.2, e180020.  Epub Feb 04, 2019. ISSN 1415-790X.


Multiple illness and injury classes can cause a functional disability of the elderly, or the right to seek help from another person. Caregiving can be generated without the caregiver functions, leading to burden.


to describe the sociodemographic and care profile of caregivers of the elderly and to analyze the factors associated with excessive stress regarding care.


This is a cross-sectional study, part of the SABE (Health, well-being and aging) Study, carried out in the city of São Paulo in 2010, with 362 caregivers. The excessive stress associated with care was evaluated by the Zarit Scale, and the load was found to be less than 24 points and the presence of burden was considered, with scores ≥ 24 points. Hierarchical Logistic Regression was used to analyze the factors associated with the stress of family caregivers.


Most of the caregivers were family members (91.5%), being female (75.4%), mean age 53.9 years (SD ± 15.5), married (65.3%), lived in the same household with the elderly (68.2%). One-third of them presented burden, which was associated with age (OR = 1.04, p = 0.001), family dysfunction (OR = 5.60, p = 0.000), continuous care (OR = 78, p = 0.030).


The data reveal the need to maintain their needs and support to caregivers, especially their relatives and their sources of life and their debts.

Keywords : Aged; Family; Caregivers.

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