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Title: Quality of life of patients with Alzheimer's disease: Differential perceptions between spouse and adult-child caregivers
Author: Conde Sala, Josep Lluís
Garre Olmo, Josep
Turró Garriga, Oriol
Vilalta Franch, Joan
López Pousa, Secundino
Keywords: Malaltia d'Alzheimer
Qualitat de vida
Alzheimer's disease
Quality of life
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Karger
Abstract: Little research has been conducted into differences in the perceived quality of life of patients (QoL-p) when comparing spouse and adult child caregivers of people with Alzheimer"s disease (AD). The aim of this study was to identify the differential variables in perceived QoL-p between patients and carers, distinguishing between spouse and adult child caregivers. Method: Cross-sectional analytic study of 251 patients and their carers (spouses: 112; adult children: 139) using the QoL-AD scale and sociodemographic and clinical data. Results: The more positive perception of spouses was associated with higher educational levels of the caregiver and greater functional autonomy in the patient. The more negative perception of adult children was associated with greater caregiver burden and higher levels of depression in the patient. The perception of daughter caregivers showed the strongest association with mental health and burden. Conclusions: Spouse caregivers have a more positive perception of the patient"s quality of life than adult child caregivers.
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It is part of: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 2010, vol. 29, num. 2, p. 97-108
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ISSN: 1420-8008
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Cognició, Desenvolupament i Psicologia de l'Educació)

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