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Research Paper | Psychiatry | India | Volume 12 Issue 6, June 2023
Comparison of Quality of Life & Burden in Caregivers of Patients with Alcohol Use Disorder and Other Substance Use Disorder
Dr. Pramod Totewad | Dr. Shilpa Adarkar
Abstract: Background: Substance use has adverse impact on the user as well as the caregiver. Previous studies have shown the effect on Quality of Life and Burden in the caregivers. This study aims to assess & compare Quality of life & Caregiver Burden among the caregivers of alcohol and other substance use disorders and to study the correlation between them. Methods: After the IEC approval, inclusion criteria and informed consent, 200 caregivers (100 alcohol +100 other substances) were enrolled. Quality of life & Caregiver burden were assessed using WHO QOL BREF and Zarit Burden Questionnaire. Descriptive statistics with T test, Mann Whitney and Spearman?s test were used for analysis. Results - The QOL and Caregiver burden were more impaired in the Alcohol group than the other substance group. However, the difference was not statistically significant. There was a negative correlation between Quality of Life & caregiver burden, with significant p values in all domains (Physical=0.0001, Psychological=0.0001, Social=0.001, Environmental=0.0001). Women caregivers were more adversely affected in Quality of Life & Burden compared to men, with significant p values in both indicators. Conclusions: Quality of Life and caregiver burden was more in Alcohol group compared with other substance group. Quality of Life and caregiver burden were affected more in women caregivers than men. Caregiver burden negatively impacts Quality of life in all domains.
Keywords: SUD, substance use disorder, Caregiver burden, Quality of Life
Edition: Volume 12 Issue 6, June 2023,
Pages: 104 - 106