Dependence and caregiver burden in Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment
One hundred participants with mostly mild to moderate dementia and their caregivers took part in this study by Gallagher et al (2011a), the objectives of which were to determine the impact of patient dependence on caregiver burden and to determine its value as a predictor of caregiver burden. The authors report functional decline and patient dependence as most predictive of caregiver burden in the earlier stages of dementia while neuropsychiatric or behavioural symptoms were most predictive as dementia progressed. The authors also comment on the usefulness and easy administration of the dependence scale.
GALLAGHER, D., NI MHAOLAIN, A., CROSBY, L., RYAN, D., LACEY, L., COEN, R.F., WALSH, C., COAKLEY, D., WALSH, J.B., CUNNINGHAM, C. and LAWLOR, B.A., 2011a. Dependence and caregiver burden in Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias, 26(2), pp. 110-104