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Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2012 Sep;20(9):815-9. doi: 10.1097/JGP.0b013e318235b62f.

Differences in depression severity in family caregivers of hospitalized individuals with dementia and family caregivers of outpatients with dementia.

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Psychosocial Research Program, Butler Hospital, 345 Blackstone Boulevard, Providence, RI 02906, USA. Gary_Epstein-Lubow@Brown.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To determine if family caregivers of hospitalized individuals with dementia exhibit greater depression severity than caregivers of outpatients.

METHODS:

Caregivers were recruited during care recipient treatment. Measures assessed depression, stress, burden, and grief.

RESULTS:

Forty-one caregivers of a hospitalized patient and 44 caregivers of an outpatient (total N = 85) were recruited. The groups did not differ except caregivers of hospitalized patients were younger and less likely to reside with the care recipient. Regarding depression, 63.4% of caregivers of a hospitalized patient and 43.2% of caregivers of an outpatient scored within the clinical depressive symptoms range. Independent sample t-tests showed that caregivers of a hospitalized patient had greater severity of depression, burden, and grief. Caregiving for a hospitalized person remained a significant predictor of greater depression severity in regression models.

CONCLUSIONS:

Family caregiving for a person hospitalized for psychiatric treatment of dementia is a risk factor for depression.

PMID:
21997604
PMCID:
PMC3487168
DOI:
10.1097/JGP.0b013e318235b62f
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