Depressive symptoms in the family caregivers of patients with heart failure: an integrative review

Marianna Sobral Lacerda, Patrícia Rezende do Prado, Alba Lúcia Bottura Leite de Barros, Juliana de Lima Lopes

Resumo


Aims: Identify the occurrence of depressive symptoms in family caregivers of patients with
heart failure and the correlation of other variables with depressive symptoms.
Design/Method: The literature review was conducted in the Web of Science, Medline,
LILACS and PubMed databases in March 2017. Papers published between 2004 and 2016,
written in English, Spanish or Portuguese were included. The descriptors used were health,
heart failure, depression, caregivers, and family.
Results: 26 papers were selected. 6% to 64% reported depressive symptoms. Depressive
symptoms were associated with patients’ and caregivers’ characteristics. In most cases,
depressive symptoms were greater among family caregivers than in the general population and
were mainly associated with care burden and quality of life.
Conclusions: The studies report depressive symptoms in caregivers of patients with heart
failure.
Keywords: Heart failure. Depression. Family. Caregivers


Palavras-chave


Heart failure. Depression. Family. Caregivers

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ISSN 0102-6933 E-ISSN 1983-1447