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Title: Factors related to perceived quality of life in patients with Alzheimer's disease: the patient's perception compared with that of caregivers
Author: Conde Sala, Josep Lluís
Garre Olmo, Josep
Turró Garriga, Oriol
López Pousa, Secundino
Vilalta Franch, Joan
Keywords: Malaltia d'Alzheimer
Qualitat de vida
Alzheimer's disease
Quality of life
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Abstract: Aims To compare care recipient and caregiver perceptions of quality of life in patients (QoL-p) with Alzheimer"s disease (AD). To identify associated factors, and the concordances-discrepancies. Method Cross-sectional analytic study of 236 patients and their carers using the Quality of Life in Alzheimer"s Disease(QoL-AD) scale, socio-demographic data and clinical examination. Results Patients scored the QoL-AD more favourably than did caregivers (34.4 vs 31.3, p<0.001). Cognitive deterioration did not affect the perception of QoL-AD (rho¼ 0.05, p¼0.394). The neuropsychiatric symptoms was associated with a negative perception of the QOL-AD in both patients (rho¼ 0.22, p<0.01) and caregivers (rho¼ 0.47, p<0.001). Greater functional autonomy was associated with a better perception of the QOL-AD in patients (rho¼0.17, p<0.01) and even more so in caregivers (rho¼0.56, p<0.001). In carers, burden (rho¼ 0.56, p<0.001) and mental health (rho¼0.31, p<0.001) were inversely associated with the QoL-AD. QoL-AD scores of both patients and caregivers were higher for men, married subjects, those who lived with their spouse and those living in their own home. When the carer was a spouse both patients and caregivers scored the QoL-AD higher than when the carer was a son or daughter (35.5 vs 33.4 and 33.7; 32.9 vs 30.5 and 27.7, p<0.001). Conclusions Patients have a better perception of QoL-p. Caregivers give a more negative evaluation of neuropsychiatric symptoms, but have a more positive view of functional autonomy. Carers who are spouses have a better perception of QoL-p than do carers who are sons or daughters.
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It is part of: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2009, vol. 24, p. 585-594
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ISSN: 0885-6230
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