Julio-diciembre 2012 N° 2 Volumen 5

Nursing diagnoses in caregivers of dependent elderly

Section: Originals

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Serrano Ortega N, Gutiérrez-Sequera JL. Diagnósticos enfermeros en personas cuidadoras de mayores dependientes. RIdEC 2012; 5(2):10-6.


Natalia Serrano Ortega, José Luis Gutiérrez-Sequera


Enfermera/o del Distrito Sanitario Guadalquivir (Córdoba).

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Distrito Sanitario Guadalquivir. Avenida de los Aguijones, s/n (esquina huerta del recuero). 4011 Córdoba.

Contact email: nataliaserrano@hotmail.com


The figure of the family caregiver as primary care provider has been described in numerous studies. Through this work we analyze the health situation of these people, through the analysis of nursing diagnoses.

- To determine the prevalence of diagnoses which best show deterioration of health.

- To identify variables associated with the following diagnoses: tiredness in the role of caregiver and committed family coping.

Material and methods: we chose a sample of 151 patients and selected socio-demographic variables, time as caregivers and nursing diagnoses. Audits of medical records were conducted, using measures of central tendency and dispersion for the first goal, and chi square and logistic regression for the second one.
Results: tiredness in the role of caregiver was the most prevalent diagnosis, 51,5% (43,3 to 59,9). A statistical association between the diagnosis and the degree on kinship
(other versus children) was found. There was no significant association between committed family coping and the
other variables.
Conclusions: these results reinforce similar studies linking an increased risk of fatigue of the role of caregiver when the kinship is different from son/daughter.


Family caregivers; Primary caregiver; tiredness

Versión en Español


Diagnósticos enfermeros en personas cuidadoras de mayores dependientes