Acute Phase Predictors of Subsequent Psychosocial Burden in Carers of Elderly Stroke PatientsThommessen B. · Wyller T.B. · Bautz-Holter E. · Laake K.
Department of Geriatric Medicine, Ullevaal Hospital, Oslo, Norway
The objective was to describe the psychosocial burden experienced by informal carers of elderly stroke victims, and to identify its predictors among baseline characteristics of the patients. From a prospective study of 171 elderly stroke patients admitted to a geriatric ward for rehabilitation in the acute phase, 68 patients living at home with a primary caregiver were identified 6 months after the stroke. At baseline, all the patients were assessed with respect to motor function, cognitive function, global handicap and activities of daily living, and after 6 months the caregivers were assessed, using the Relatives’ Stress Scale. According to this, the most frequent impacts were worries that an accident might befall their relatives, that they had to reorganise their household routines and further, that their social life and ability to take holidays had been reduced. Impaired cognitive function was the only baseline patient characteristic that predicted a subsequent psychosocial burden on the carer. Special attention should be paid to elderly stroke patients initially assessed with impaired cognitive function and their caregivers.
© 2001 S. Karger AG, Basel
Received: Received: February 21, 2000
Accepted: May 2, 2000
Number of Print Pages : 6
Number of Figures : 0, Number of Tables : 3, Number of References : 26
Cerebrovascular Diseases (Official Journal of the European Stroke Council)
Vol. 11, No. 3, Year 2001 (Cover Date: Released April 2001)
Journal Editor: J. Bogousslavsky, Lausanne; M.G. Hennerici, Mannheim
ISSN: 1015–9770 (print), 1421–9786 (Online)
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