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Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2012 Dec;27(8):579-83. doi: 10.1177/1533317512459795. Epub 2012 Sep 17.

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease: views from the population about hiring a health care advocate.

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Department of Psychology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92120, USA. cavanliew@yahoo.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is associated with considerable caregiver and social burden. It is important to examine ways to minimize the negative effects of AD. Health care advocates (HCAs) may be one means of limiting the aversive effects of AD.

METHOD:

Participants completed a short survey that assessed their perceptions of the impact of comorbid AD on health status and their likelihood of hiring an HCA to assist in managing it. A mediational model was proposed: cognitive status (AD vs cognitively healthy) was the independent variable, perception of severity was the mediator, and the probability of hiring an HCA was the dependent variable.

RESULTS:

The results indicated that the relationship between cognitive status and probability of hiring an HCA was fully mediated by perceptions of severity.

CONCLUSION:

This study demonstrated that participants appreciated the impact of AD on health status, and this translated into a greater probability of hiring an HCA.

PMID:
22987858
DOI:
10.1177/1533317512459795
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