br hospital met some of
hospital met some of the caregiver's needs and what the main unmet needs were.
Of the 166 eligible caregivers, 132 agreed to participate. The participation rate was approximately 80%. It must be taken into account that the required sample size to estimate the AZD7687 proportion for a 5% margin of error was 116. No response bias was found between participating caregivers and non-participants with respect to age, gender, and relationship with the patient.
Sociodemographic characteristics of caregivers
Table 1 e Care provided by caregivers, sorted by frequency.
Keeping the patient company (C) Being the intermediary between the
patient and the healthcare workers (C)
Supervizing the patient's personal and
household hygiene (H)
Buying food (N)
Accompanying the patient to healthcare services (M)
Cutting the patient's toenails (H)
Watching the patient while resting (S) Helping the patient to choose the proper
clothing and footwear (D)
Adapting the home conditions (A)
Performing the patient's hair and/or foot hygiene (H) Performing all the patient's hygiene (H)
Listening to the patient's concerns (C)
Taking the patient for a walk (R) Helping to dress and undress the patient
Dressing and undressing the patient (D) Administering medication to the patient
Providing the patient with entertainment
Performing the patient's oral hygiene (H)
Preventing injuries on the patient's skin
Feeding the patient (N)
Accompanying the patient to the toilet (E)
Changing the patient's position (M)
Monitoring the patient's body temperature
60.93 Helping the patient to live according to his/her beliefs and 32.81
59.37 Preparing a special diet for the patient (N) 29.68 59.37 Administering sleep medication to the patient (S) 29.68 57.81 Teaching the patient how to improve his/her health and 25
56.25 Using non-verbal communication to communicate with the 23.43
regulate his/her intestinal transit (E)
50 Helping the patient to use the bedpan (E) 20.31 48.43 Administering medications to the patient to regulate his/her 20.31
O, oxygenation; M, movement; T, thermoregulation; C, communication; R, recreation; N, nutrition; S, rest and sleep; H, hygiene and skin protection; B, living by beliefs; L, learning; E, elimination; D, dressing and undressing; A, avoiding dangers; W, working and achieving fulfillment.
primary school education, while the other half also had a secondary education. As for the relationship with the patient, most of the informal caregivers were their children (45.45%), followed by spouses (22.72%).
Types of care provided by caregivers
Table 1 shows the care provided by informal caregivers to satisfy the 14 basic needs of the patient. The most frequent types of care provided by informal caregivers to the dependent patients with cancer (more than 80%) were keeping the pa-tient company and acting as an intermediary between them and healthcare workers. Other types of care frequently pro-vided were intended to help perform basic activities in daily life (37%e77%): performing or supervizing the hygiene of the patient and the household, dressing and undressing them, buying and cooking food, feeding them, and accompanying them to the toilet. In addition, the disease adds new tasks and responsibilities that must also be taken care of by the informal caregiver (34%e65%): accompanying the patient to health services, watching them while resting, adapting home con-ditions, supervizing or administering medication, preventing skin injuries, making postural changes, monitoring the pa-tient's body temperature, and changing the patient's diaper. Table 1 also shows other types of care that are less frequent and, in many cases, more specific.