Most Caregiver Stress from Friends, Family

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 1 (UPI) — The most stressful problem facing caregivers of stroke patients comes from friends and family who criticize, ignore or don’t help, U.S. researchers find.

Northwestern Medicine researchers say the lack of understanding and help from friends and relatives causes the most stress and the greatest threat to a caregiver’s own health and well-being.


Lead investigator Rosemarie King of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and colleagues say the study involved 58 caregivers of stroke survivors and identified 15 types of common problems caregivers face.

“Often families aren’t really understanding, or families might blame a caregiver for not doing more than they’re doing,” King says in a statement.

The next most stressful problem category for caregivers was trying to manage their finances in light of increases expenses and time off from work and dealing with family responsibilities like shopping or auto repairs.

“The least stressful area was patient-related problems,” King says. “Not that those problems aren’t stressful, they were just not as stressful for this group of caregivers.”

The findings are scheduled to be presented at the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses annual educational conference Saturday in Orlando, Fla.

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