Journal article

Clinical diagnoses and disability of cognitively impaired older persons as predictors of stress in their carers.

JS Cullen, DA Grayson, AF Jorm

International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry | Published : 1997

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Aspects of the caring relationship are often promoted as more important than the clinical features of the care recipient in predicting caregiver wellbeing. However, studies of consequences of caring for cognitively impaired people seldom include detailed measures of the diagnostic profile and disability of the care recipient. METHODS: Ninety community-living elderly persons with cognitive impairment were clinically assessed for severity on a range of illnesses. Their disability was examined via informant reports. Informants (88% of whom were primary carers) provided information on the behaviour and personality of the subject and reports of their own (informant) wellbeing. Using m..

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