Sobrecarga do prestador de cuidados informal da pessoa idosa dependente

  • Celeste Cristina Pinheiro Monis (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


One of the goals of this work was to describe the overcharge viewed by the Informalv Caregiver (PCI) of the Amarante municipality. Beside this, it was tried to adjust the Pearlin’s theory model to the searched results and in a complete way, the connection between the Coping’s initial hypothesis and the life quality with the PCI overcharge was questioned. It was put into practice a descriptive, transversal research and of analysis of a nursing phenomenon. It was built one convenience sample of 340 PCI, with 2% of individual of nine parishes of the municipality. Six of these parishes were rural, having a weight almost similar, in the sample in terms of individuals, with those of urban predominance. It was prepared a social demographic survey for this purpose and used three evaluation scales validated for the Portuguese population: the Informal Care Overcharge Survey (QASCI), the Survey about How to Work out with Adversity (QMLA) and the Health State Evaluation Survey (MOS-SF 36). The results which were found are according to the scientific literature searched. The overcharge of the PCI is a multi-faceted and closely dimension connected to the familiar nature. Inside the family, the woman is the most prevalent PCI and has a characteristic profile. The Informal Care is, as well, characteristic and peculiar. It was verified that the factors: ages, gender, pathology, degree of relationship, social support, care duration and financial support have an influence on the overcharge of the PCI. It was also verified that the dependence degree of PID, evaluated by Barthel’s index, does not influence the overcharge of the PCI. Important correlations, in this research, were not established between the overcharge, the quality of life and the quality of life of the PCI.
Date of AwardMay 2009
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorCélia Samarina Vilaça de Brito Santos (Supervisor)


  • Burden
  • Quality of life
  • Informal caregiver


  • Mestrado em Enfermagem

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