Caregiver burden in buruli ulcer disease: Evidence from Ghana

Yaw Ampem Amoako*, Nancy Ackam, John Paul Omuojine, Michael Ntiamoah Oppong, Abena Gyawu Owusu-Ansah, Mohammed Kabiru Abass, George Amofa, Elizabeth Ofori, Michael Frimpong, Freddie Bailey, David Hurst Molyneux, Richard Odame Phillips

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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Background Buruli ulcer disease (BUD) results in disabilities and deformities in the absence of early medical intervention. The extensive role of caregiving in BUD is widely acknowledged, however, associated caregiver burden is poorly understood. In this paper we assessed the burden which caregivers experience when supporting patients with BUD in Ghana. Method/ principal findings This qualitative study was conducted in 3 districts in Ghana between August and October 2019. 13 semi-structured interviews were conducted on caregivers of BUD patients in the local language of Twi. Data was translated into English, coded into broad themes, and direct content analysis approach was used to analyse results. The results show the caregivers face financial, psychological and health issues as a consequence of their caregiving role. Conclusion/ significance This study found significant caregiver burden on family members. It also highlighted the psychological burden caregivers experience and the limited knowledge of the disease within endemic communities. Further research is needed to quantify the caregiver burden of BUD at different economic levels in order to better understand the impact of possible caregiver interventions on patient outcomes.

Originele taal-2English
Aantal pagina's14
TijdschriftPLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Nummer van het tijdschrift6
StatusPublished - jun.-2021
Extern gepubliceerdJa

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