[Correspondence] Burdensome aspects of care rather than caregiver burden
The eloquent plea by Arthur Kleinman (July 18, p 240)1 for caregiving to be viewed as an important and positive aspect of life and medicine demands serious attention. It also requires a substantive shift in attitudes and language on the part of health-care professionals. All too often care of those affected by illness and disability, particularly in later life, is portrayed in terms of burden. Although fuelled by good intentions, so-called caregiver burden has become a dominant trope for the state of caring.