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Title: Kinship and cohabitation in relation to caregiver burden in the context of Alzheimer's disease: a 24-month longitudinal study
Author: Viñas-Diez, Vanesa
Turró-Garriga, Oriol
Portellano-Ortiz, Cristina
Gascón-Bayarri, Jordi
Reñé Ramírez, Ramon
Garre Olmo, Josep
Conde Sala, Josep Lluís
Keywords: Malaltia d'Alzheimer
Cura dels malalts
Relacions familiars
Alzheimer's disease
Care of the sick
Family relationships
Issue Date: 23-Jan-2017
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Abstract: Objectives: The aims of the study were to identify the clinical characteristics of three groups of caregivers: spouses, live-in adult-child or non-live-in adult-child, and their relation to the degree of perceived burden (Caregiver Burden Interview). Methods: The sample comprised 275 Alzheimer's disease (AD) primary caregivers, with a follow-up of 24 months. Cognitive, functional and behavioural characteristics were evaluated in persons with AD (PwD), while socio-demographic data, use of socio-medical resources, physical and mental health, and self-perceived burden were assessed in caregivers. Generalized estimating equations (GEE) were used for longitudinal data analysis. Results: Spouse caregivers were 45.0% men, sole caregivers (> 80%), used few external resources, and had worse physical health. The number of female adult-child caregivers was higher (>75%). The live-in adult-child group, compared with the non-live-in adult-child group, were less likely to be married, had a lower level of education, were more commonly the sole caregiver, and used fewer external resources. The greatest burden was observed in live-in adult-child caregivers, and the lowest in the non-live-in adult-child group, with no significant variation in the follow-up for both groups. Spouses had an intermediate level of perceived burden, which rose significantly during follow-up (p <0.001). Conclusions: Kinship and cohabitation with the PwD were associated with different scores and evolution of the burden, with an increase in the follow-up of the spouses, and with more or less burden, depending on cohabitation, in the adult-child groups. Interventions to reduce the level of burden on caregivers should consider these differences.
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It is part of: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2017, p. 1-26
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ISSN: 0885-6230
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