Study design: Cross sectional survey. Objective: To examine the nature and prevalence of common mental disorders among informal carers of people with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and the association with their leisure satisfaction. Setting: Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamilnadu, India.
Methods: A cross-sectional survey of informal carers of people SCI at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Fifty-three informal carers of people with SCI were interviewed using the Revised Clinical Interview Schedule to assess psychiatric morbidity, and using the Leisure Satisfaction Scale to measure leisure and contentment. Data on carers with psychiatric morbidity were compared to those without common mental disorders using univariate and multivariate statistics.
Results: Study reported a high morbidity (53%), with most consistent diagnoses of depression and anxiety. Carers who were spouses, women, currently married and those with lower education had greater psychiatric morbidity and lesser leisure satisfaction, even after adjusting for age and education using logistic/linear regression. Age, occupation, residence, socioeconomic status, type and duration of SCI were not associated with either morbidity or leisure satisfaction.
Conclusion: Many carers of people with SCI suffer from psychiatric morbidity and also have low scores on leisure satisfaction.