Quality of Life in Caregivers of Severely Disabled War Survivors
Version of Record online: 11 AUG 2014
© 2014 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 40, Issue 3, pages 139–147, May/June 2015
How to Cite
Mousavi, B., Seyed Hoseini Davarani, S. H., Soroush, M., Jamali, A., Khateri, S., Talebi, M. and Montazeri, A. (2015), Quality of Life in Caregivers of Severely Disabled War Survivors. Rehabilitation Nursing, 40: 139–147. doi: 10.1002/rnj.159
- Issue online: 8 MAY 2015
- Version of Record online: 11 AUG 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 2 MAR 2014
- quality of life;
To evaluate quality of life (QOL) of caregivers of severely disabled war survivors and identify variables threatening caregivers' QOL.
A cross-sectional study was performed on 532 caregivers of Iran-Iraq war related injured survivors by using Persian version of 36-item Short Form Health Survey (SF-36).
Caregivers had lower QOL compared to the Iranian female population (p < .001). Caregivers of amputees had better SF-36 scores compared to caregivers of two groups of chemical warfare survivors (p ranging from .01 to <.001). Caregiving to chemical warfare and being married at the time of trauma were the independent predictors of poor QOL in both the physical component summary (OR = 5.08, 95% CI = 3.35–7.7; OR = 0.57, 95% CI = 0.37–0.89) and the mental component summary (OR = 4.12, 95% CI = 2.68–6.32; OR = 0.63, 95% CI = 0.40–0.98).
Conclusion and Clinical Relevance
Caregivers of war veterans suffer from poor QOL. Chemical warfare agents contribute to more persistent poor QOL in caregivers than the injuries caused by conventional weapons.