Burden in families of individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder

BACKGROUND: The burden present in family members caretakers that results of the care given, could jeopardize their health, provoke the decay of relationships, as well as maintain or worsen the patient's condition. OBJECTIVES: Evaluate the levels of objective and subjective burden in family members of individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in samples from the public and private network. METHODS: This is a descriptive-analytical study that characterizes the individual with OCD (N = 30) and their family caretakers (N = 30), in samples of public net (N = 30) and private net (N = 30), with use of standardized socio-demographic data questionnaire; diagnosis confirmation (OCD) by using Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI); the Family Burden Interview Schedule (FBIS-BR) was applied. RESULTS: A statistical significance has been detected among the samples through an objective point of view, with higher levels of burden in the sample of public net; the significance through a subjective point of view was only perceived regarding "doing housework", with higher levels in the private practice. DISCUSSION: The study has verified different levels of burden in family members of individuals with OCD under treatment in samples from the public and private network of psychiatric assistance.

Family burden; obsessive-compulsive disorder; family caretaker


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