Journal article

Mild Cognitive Impairment and Caregiver Burden: A 3-Year-Longitudinal Study

Michael H Connors, Katrin Seeher, Armando Teixeira-Pinto, Michael Woodward, David Ames, Henry Brodaty

The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2019

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is common, affecting 10%-35% of people over 65, and poses unique challenges for patients and their caregivers. Comparatively little research has examined caregiver burden in this population, with longitudinal research, in particular, lacking. We examined caregiver burden in a sample of people with MCI over 3 years. DESIGN: Three-year observational study. SETTING: Nine memory clinics in Australia. PARTICIPANTS: One-hundred-and-eighty-five people with MCI and their caregivers. MEASUREMENTS: Measures of caregiver burden, cognition, function, neuropsychiatric symptoms, driving status, and medication use were completed with patients and their caregivers..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Data collection was funded in part by Janssen-Cilag Pty Limited. Janssen-Cilag had no input into the design, execution, analysis, interpretation, or writing of this study. Full details of authors' conflicts of interests are listed at the end of the paper.