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Caregiver burden among relatives of patients with schizophrenia in Katsina, Nigeria

Abdulkareem Jika Yusuf, Folorunsho Tajudeen Nuhu, Akinsola Akinbiyi
South African Journal of Psychiatry | Vol 15, No 2 | a187 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajpsychiatry.v15i2.187 | © 2009 Abdulkareem Jika Yusuf, Folorunsho Tajudeen Nuhu, Akinsola Akinbiyi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 March 2009 | Published: 01 June 2009

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Abdulkareem Jika Yusuf, Department of Psychiatry, Ahamadu Bello University Teaching Hospita, Nigeria
Folorunsho Tajudeen Nuhu, Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Barnawa, Kaduna, Nigeria
Akinsola Akinbiyi, Mercy Mental Health, 117-129 Warring Crescent, Horpers Crossing 3029, Australia, Australia

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Objective: Caring for patients’ with schizophrenia leads to an enormous burden on the caregivers. However, the magnitude of this problem remains largely unknown in Sub-Saharan Africa. The objective of this study was to determine the burden of care giving among relatives of patients with schizophrenia.

Materials and method: A total of 129 primary care-givers of patients with schizophrenia attending out-patient clinic of Katsina state Psychiatric Hospital were interviewed using a socio-demographic data collection sheet and Zarith Burden Interview (ZBI). Data obtained was analysed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences version 13.

Results: The mean age of the respondents was 45.07±8.91. Majority of the caregivers are females. High level of burden was found in 47.3% of the respondents. The level of burden experienced was significantly associated with place of residence and family size.

Conclusion: Schizophrenia is associated with high level of caregiver burden and effort should be made at alleviating this burden for better out come in both the patients and caregivers.


Burden, Relatives, Shizophrenia


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