Effect of relaxation on stress, anxiety and depression level of the caregiversʹ of cancer patients

Zinnatul Borak, Md. Shajahan Ali, Sabrina Mahmood

Abstract


The study was carried out to explore the outcome of relaxation on stress,
anxiety and depression level of the caregivers of cancer patients. Fifty caregivers
of cancer survivors were randomly assigned to two groups. In intervention
group, participants received relaxation once a week for five consecutive weeks
while control group received no intervention. Stress (life‐stress questionnaire),
anxiety (anxiety scale) and depression (depression scale) levels were assessed
before and after the intervention. Data were analyzed by independent sample
t test. Results showed that relaxation helped the caregivers of cancer patients to
reduce their stress and anxiety. But relaxation did not reduce the level of
depression. Implication of the research and future guideline are also discussed.


Keywords


Cancer patient, Caregiver, Stress, Anxiety, Depression

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Dhaka University Journal of Biological Sciences ISSN 1021-2787 (Print) 2408-8501 (Online)