Caregiver profiles in dementia related to quality of life, depression and perseverance time in the European Actifcare study: the importance of social health.

The European “Access to Timely Formal Care (ACTIFCARE) study set out to develop best practice so that people with dementia and their informal carers can get access to timely formal care. Eight countries participated including Ireland. In this paper Janssen et al. (2017) examine caregiver profiles related to quality of life, depression and perseverance. Five profiles were identified, determined by disease related and caregivers characteristics; younger low strain, younger high strain, older high strain. The most vulnerable groups were found to be younger high strain and older high strain. There were statistically significant differences between groups in relation to quality of life, depressive symptoms and perseverance time. The authors suggest the profiles may be useful in the development of tailored interventions to support caregivers.
Title: 
Caregiver profiles in dementia related to quality of life, depression and perseverance time in the European Actifcare study: the importance of social health.
Date: 
2017
Journal Area: 
Theme or key words: 
References: 
Janssen, E.P., de Vugt, M., Köhler, S., Wolfs, C., Kerpershoek, L., Handels, R.L., Orrell, M., Woods, B., Jelley, H., Stephan, A. and Bieber, A., 2017. Caregiver profiles in dementia related to quality of life, depression and perseverance time in the European Actifcare study: the importance of social health. Aging & mental health, 21(1), pp.49-57.