The effects of declining functional abilities in Dementia patients and increases in psychological distress on caregiver burden over a one-year period

Razani, Jill, Corona, Roberto, Quilici, Jill, Matevosyan, Adelina, Funes, Cynthia, Larco, Andrea, Miloyan, Beyon, Avila, Justina, Chang, Julia, Goldberg, Hope and Lu, Po (2014) The effects of declining functional abilities in Dementia patients and increases in psychological distress on caregiver burden over a one-year period. Clinical Gerontologist, 37 3: 235-252. doi:10.1080/07317115.2014.885920


Author Razani, Jill
Corona, Roberto
Quilici, Jill
Matevosyan, Adelina
Funes, Cynthia
Larco, Andrea
Miloyan, Beyon
Avila, Justina
Chang, Julia
Goldberg, Hope
Lu, Po
Title The effects of declining functional abilities in Dementia patients and increases in psychological distress on caregiver burden over a one-year period
Journal name Clinical Gerontologist   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1545-2301
0731-7115
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/07317115.2014.885920
Volume 37
Issue 3
Start page 235
End page 252
Total pages 18
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract The degree to which changes in caregiver burden over a one-year period can be predicted by functioning of dementia patients and caregiver psychological stress was examined. The Direct Assessment of Functional Status (DAFS) was administered to 44 patients and the Caregiver Burden Inventory and the Brief Symptom Inventory were administered to their next-of-kin caregivers. All patients and caregivers were assessed at baseline and again in approximately one year with the same measures. Hierarchical regression revealed that baseline patient functioning predicted overall changes in caregiver burden, but that increases in psychological symptoms of caregivers such as depression, anxiety, and hostility were the best predictors for specific types of increased caregiver burden, such as social, developmental, or physical burden. These results suggest that interventions should target reduction of particular psychological symptoms in order to reduce caregiver burden over time.
Keyword Activities of daily living
Anxiety
Caregiver burden
Dementia
Depression
Hostility
Psychological distress
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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