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Rev Med Inst Mex Seguro Soc. 2017 Jan-Feb;55(1):25-31.

[Depression and burden on primary caregivers of elderly persons with physical dependence of the UMF 171].

[Article in Spanish; Abstract available in Spanish from the publisher]

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Unidad de Medicina Familiar 171, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, Zapopan, Jalisco, México.


in English, Spanish


According to the National Health and Nutrition Survey of 2012, more than a quarter of older adults (26.9%) have some degree of disability, requiring a primary caregiver to perform basic activities of daily living. The aim is to determine the prevalence of depression and burden on primary caregivers of elderly persons with physical dependence.


A descriptive cross-sectional study with non-probability sampling that included the primary caregivers of elderly patients with physical dependence. Barthel scale was applied as a tool to measure the level of physical dependence in elderly patients; while the primary caregivers were applied to the Beck Depression and Zarit scale for assessing the level of caregiver burden. A sample of 76 primary caregivers was calculated and descriptive statistical analysis was performed.


Of the 76 primary caregivers, 55.3% were without depression, 32.9% had mild depression, and 11.8% with moderate depression. According to the Zarit scale, 40.8% had no burden, 44.7% had burden light, and 14.5% intense burden.


The role of primary caregiver is a stressful task which can interfere with their family health; so our role is to provide care not only to the geriatric dependent patients, but also to their caregiver.


Aged; Caregivers; Depression; Quality of life

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