Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology

Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology

Saturday, 07 / 04 / 2020




Background and Aims: Being a caregiver for a patient with chronic liver disease (CLD) can be burdensome mentally, emotionally financially, and physically. The aim of this study was to systemically review the available tools and propose tools that can comprehensively evaluate caregiver burden for individuals caring for patients with CLD.

Methods: We searched the PubMed database for all studies on the impact of patients with CLD on caregiver burden without timeframe restriction. Eligible studies included cohort studies, review studies, or cross-sectional studies. The number of patients and caregivers was isolated from each paper. Studies in the same categories were isolated and statistically compared.

Results: A total of 13 studies meeting our inclusion criteria as stated in the methods sections were included. In total, 2528 caregivers were taking care of 2003 patients with CLD. Women made up the majority of caregivers at 78.2%, 95.7% of whom identified as the patient’s spouse. Caregiver strain index is one of the most comprehensive tools; however, the questions are very general and do not fully elucidate financial strain. Beck depression and anxiety were correlated (p=0.0001), and both depression and anxiety were correlated with perceived caregiver burden (PCB) and Zarit Burden Interview (ZBI) (p=0.002). Depression scale correlated with Interpersonal Support Evaluation – Short Form, and Model for End-Stage Liver Disease score correlated with ZBI and PCB (total and in most domains; p=0.001). Patient’s poorer cognitive performance correlated with higher ZBI and PCB (employed patients had higher cognitive performance and lower ZBI and PCB).

Conclusions:Caregiver burden remains poorly understood due to the lack of uniformity in the assessment tools used to evaluate caregiver burden. None of the tools used to evaluate caregiver burden are comprehensive; however, most tools correlate statistically in the ability to identify caregiver burden. A comprehensive tool is lacking for identifying caregiver burden in patients with CLD.


Caregiver burden in liver disease, Liver cirrhosis, Liver transplant


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