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Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2016;20(1):59-63.

Correlation between depression and burden observed in informal caregivers of people suffering from dementia with time spent on caregiving and dementia severity.

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Department of Rheumatology and Rehabilitation, University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland. krawczyk.agnieszka@wp.pl.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of the study is to compare data on the examined population of informal caregivers of people suffering from dementia with previous studies, as well as to assess the correlation between (i) depression determined on the basis of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale and (ii) caregiver burden measured by means of the Zarit Caregiver Burden Scale and some chosen parameters, such as total time devoted to caregiving, time of caregiving in hours per week and level of dementia severity measured by Global Deterioration Scale.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

41 informal caregivers of people suffering from dementia from different backgrounds were evaluated using the Zarit Caregiver Burden Scale and the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale. Demographic data about the time devoted to caregiving and the number of hours spend on caregiving weekly were gathered. The type of dementia and its stage were registered using the Global Deterioration Scale (GDS). With the aid of the Statistica StatSoft program, mutual correlations between the parameters were measured. The study was conducted within the framework of AAL UnderstAID--a platform that supports and helps to understand and assist caregivers in the care of a relative with dementia. The international project is co-founded by the Joint Programme Ambient Assisted Living (Grant code: ESR-aal 2012 5 107).

RESULTS:

No significant correlations between the level of depression severity evaluated in caregivers and the total time of taking care of a demented person or time of caregiving in hours per week were observed. Similarly, no significant correlation between depression severity level and dementia severity level measured on the GDS scale were noted. There was also no significant correlation between Zarit Caregiver Burden Scale scores and the above-mentioned parameters.

CONCLUSIONS:

The level of depression among caregivers do not depend on socio-demographic factors.

PMID:
26813454
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