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Abstract: SA-PO053

Primary Caregiver Burden in a Mexican Hemodialysis Facility: Prevalence and Risk Factors

Session Information

Category: Diversity and Equity in Kidney Health

  • 900 Diversity and Equity in Kidney Health


  • Solis, Edgar, Médica Santa Carmen, Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Hernández-Estrada, Sergio, Médica Santa Carmen, Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico

Group or Team Name

  • Medica Santa Carmen.

Caregiver burden is a subjective interpretation of resources, abilities and impact of caregiving process. A validated Zarit survey has been recommended among caregivers in patients with HD.


Primary HD caregivers from a single facilitie in Mexico responded a validated Zarit survey. Incident patient and caregivers (< 3 months) were excluded. Social and demographic caregiver data also included. Descriptive, linear regression and coef. correlation analysis was done.


86 primary caregivers answered: Most females with a mean age of 47. Housewives 43% was the main occupation. Couples take care of patients in 42%. Median monthly income 220 dlls. We identified burden in 54%: slight 32% and severe 68%. Female sex and unemployees predicts higher scores. A non-significative negative correlation was found between income and score.


Caregiver burden is prevalent. Economic difficulties exacerbate complexity and caregiver burden. Results should be added to public health burden of ESRD in Mexico.

Caregiver factors and Zarit Score - Linear regression analysis
VariableCoefIC (95%)p value
Female sex11.01(1.51 - 20.52)0.02
Unemployee27.64(10.44 - 44.84)0.002
Caregiver age-0.33(-0.61 , -0.04)0.02
Monthly income-0.001(-0.003 - 0-000)0.01

Adjusted by caregiver age, illness, sleeping hours, life spent caring, patient-caregiver relation, meals a day, social security.