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Vol. 27, No. 3, 2006
Issue release date: October 2006
Section title: Original Paper
Neuroepidemiology 2006;27:136–142
(DOI:10.1159/000095760)

Impact on Health-Related Quality of Life and Perceived Burden of Informal Caregivers of Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease

Serrano-Aguilar P.G.a · Lopez-Bastida J.a, b · Yanes-Lopez V.a
aPlanning and Evaluation Unit, Canary Islands Health Service, and bUniversity Hospital of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

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Abstract of Original Paper

Received: 6/23/2006
Published online: 10/27/2006
Issue release date: October 2006

Number of Print Pages: 7
Number of Figures: 2
Number of Tables: 2

ISSN: 0251-5350 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0208 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/NED

Abstract

This study assessed the impact on health-related quality of life (HRQL) and the perceived burden of informal caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) on the Canary Islands (Spain). We utilized a multicenter, cross-sectional design, based on questionnaire responses of 237 informal caregivers of AD patients. Patients were classified according to the degree of severity utilizing the Clinical Dementia Rating Scale. Sociodemographic, HRQL (EQ-5D) and functional dependency data were gathered together with the degree of caregiver burden. Caregivers had a higher frequency of problems than did the general population for every EQ-5D dimension. Caregivers’ HRQL was inversely associated with the subject dependency level and caregiver age. HRQL was higher for more educated caregivers. Variables with a negative and/or significant effect on caregivers’ HRQL were high feelings of burden, more committed time to care, and older age. The caregiver burden quantified by the Zarit scale showed 83.3% of caregivers with a high level of burden.

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Author Contacts

P.G. Serrano-Aguilar
Servicio de Planificación y Evaluación, Dirección del Servicio Canario de la Salud
Pérez de Rozas 5°, 4th Floor, ES–38004 Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Spain)
Tel. +34 922 475 714/15, Fax +34 922 475 751
E-Mail pserrano@gobiernodecanarias.org

  

Article Information

Published online: September 13, 2006
Number of Print Pages : 7
Number of Figures : 2, Number of Tables : 2, Number of References : 46

  

Publication Details

Neuroepidemiology

Vol. 27, No. 3, Year 2006 (Cover Date: October 2006)

Journal Editor: Román, G.C. (San Antonio, Tex.)
ISSN: 0251–5350 (print), 1423–0208 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/NED


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Paper

Received: 6/23/2006
Published online: 10/27/2006
Issue release date: October 2006

Number of Print Pages: 7
Number of Figures: 2
Number of Tables: 2

ISSN: 0251-5350 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0208 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/NED


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