BioScience Trends. 2023;17(5):405-408. (DOI: 10.5582/bst.2023.01243)

Call for special attention to the caregiver burden of patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis in low- and middle-income countries

Wu S, Zhang H, Wang Y, Wang J, Zhang P, Asakawa T, Lin Y


The tuberculosis (TB)-related caregiver burden (CB), and particularly the multidrug and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (M/XDR-TB)-related CB, is not rare in caregivers caring for TB patients, especially when a family member is the caregiver. However, the existing studies on this topic are insufficient. This study briefly summarized the risk factors for the imposition of a TB-related CB and reasons why caregivers for patients with M/XDR-TB are more susceptible to a CB. We propose that special measures should be implemented to alleviate the TB-related CB based on our clinical experience and insights from China. This may improve the situation of caregivers for TB patients and ultimately improve the quality of life of TB patients.

KEYWORDS: tuberculosis, caregiver burden, multidrug and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, caregiver, quality of life

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