Assess the Burden of Caregivers of Cancer Patients at a Tertiary Care Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan

Burden of Caregivers of Cancer Patients


  • Shumaila Arbani Horizon School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Afsha Bibi Horizon School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Shehbaz Hyder Horizon School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Sundas Javed Horizon School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Taj Muhammad Horizon School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Shumaila Abid Horizon School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Mahboob Ali Horizon School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Shumaila Nasir Horizon School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Noreen Shakir Horizon School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan



Burden of Caregivers, Cancer Patients, Caregiver’s Quality of Life


The burden faced by caregivers of cancer patients is a critical aspect of healthcare, influencing both the well-being of the caregivers and the quality of patient care. Objective: To assess caregivers' burden of cancer patients at a Tertiary Care Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan. Methods: The cross-sectional study was conducted at Zareen Cancer and Research Centre (ZCRC) at Dr. Ziauddin Hospital Karachi, Pakistan. The target population for this study was adult informal family caregivers who were actively taking care of histologically diagnosed cancer patients receiving treatment.  Moreover, a 22-item standardized validated Zarit Burden Interview (ZBI) questionnaire was used to collect data. Results: The study findings revealed that 18% of caregivers feel okay or have No to Mild Burden. The largest group 64%, is Mild to Moderate Burden. Around the same, 18%, Moderate to Severe Burden. Conclusions: Based on the findings, 64% face moderate burdens, with an additional 18% enduring higher, moderate to severe burdens. This reveals widespread challenges and stress among caregivers, emphasizing the need for enhanced support and resources to ease their strain and improve their well-being.


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DOI: 10.54393/pbmj.v6i12.986
Published: 2023-12-31

How to Cite

Arbani, S., Bibi, A., Hyder, S., Javed, S., Muhammad, T., Abid, S., Ali, M., Nasir, S., & Shakir, N. (2023). Assess the Burden of Caregivers of Cancer Patients at a Tertiary Care Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan: Burden of Caregivers of Cancer Patients. Pakistan BioMedical Journal, 6(12), 37–41.



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