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Title: Prevalence and predictors of burden in caregivers of people with dementia.
Austin Authors: Brodaty, Henry;Woodward, Michael M ;Boundy, Karyn;Ames, David;Balshaw, Robert
Institutional Author: PRIME Study Group
Affiliation: Syreon Corporation, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woodville South, South Australia, Australia
Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Dementia Collaborative Research Centre and Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
National Ageing Research Institute and University of Melbourne Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age, St. George's Hospital, Kew, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 5-Sep-2013
Publication information: The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry : Official Journal of the American Association For Geriatric Psychiatry 2013; 22(8): 756-65
Abstract: To examine prevalence and predictors of burden in caregivers of people with dementia attending memory clinics.This Prospective cohort study conducted at nine memory clinics in Australia rated 732 outpatient attendees and their primary caregivers at baseline and at 3, 6, 12, 24, and 36 months. Ratings were based on the following: dementia diagnosis according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Mini-Mental State Exam, Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale-Cognitive, Functional Autonomy Measurement System, Neuropsychiatric Inventory, use of psychotropic and antidepressant medications, patient and caregiver resource use, and the Zarit Caregiver Burden Interview (ZBI).Half the caregivers had significantly high levels of burden, rising to 57.7% at 12 months; with moderate to severe burden rates, rising from 14.7% at baseline to 22.8% at 12 months; and mean ZBI levels rising from 22.9 at baseline to 25.5 at 6 months and 27.7 at 12 months. Caregiver predictors of 6- and 12-month burden were their neuroticism and baseline ZBI score. Patient predictors were their level of behavioral symptoms, use of antipsychotics and antidepressants, and more rapid functional decline. Other predictors (female caregiver, level of cognition and function, diagnosis of frontotemporal dementia) were not significant in regression analyses.Caregivers of people with dementia have high and persistent rates of burden. Identification of caregivers likely to have high levels of burden at 12 months may allow more accurate targeting of interventions.
Gov't Doc #: 24012226
DOI: 10.1016/j.jagp.2013.05.004
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Dementia
caregiver burden
mild cognitive impairment
Aged, 80 and over
Behavioral Symptoms
Cost of Illness
Prospective Studies
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
Risk Factors
Severity of Illness Index
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