Journal article

Dementia and caregiver burden: A three-year longitudinal study

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

International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Dementia, with its progressive cognitive and functional decline and associated neuropsychiatric symptoms, places a large burden on caregivers. While frequently studied, longitudinal findings about the overall trajectory of burden are mixed. The study sought to characterize caregiver burden over a 3-year period and identify predictors of this burden. METHODS: Seven-hundred-and-eighty-one patients with dementia were recruited from nine memory clinics around Australia. Measures of caregiver burden, cognition, function, and neuropsychiatric symptoms were completed with patients and their caregivers at regular intervals over a 3-year period. Patients' level of services and medication ..

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