The psychological health of caregivers for older adults with heart failure in Taiwan and the United States
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Heart disease is the second leading cause of death in Taiwan. Family caregivers provide assistance to the majority of older adults with heart failure (HF). However, care giving tasks have especially challenged the psychological health of caregivers. The purpose of the study was to assess caregiver burden, depression level, and care giving satisfaction of Taiwanese primary caregivers of adults with HF (n=35) through a telephone interview, and compare with the results of an American study (n=32). Results of ANOVA and independent t-tests found that: (1) in Taiwan the severity of adversely HF affected caregivers' psychological health; (2) in general, Taiwanese caregivers had better psychological health than their American counterparts due to social norms and filial tradition; and (3) different effects on burden exist in two counties due to the caregivers' relationship with the care recipient, availability of help by aide, and the care recipients' gender and health status.