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SYMPTOM CORRELATES OF CAREGIVER BURDEN IN SPOUSES OF PERSONS WITH DEMENTIA

By Jamee S. Malan and Susan M. McLennon

Abstract

poster abstractCaregiver burden is a key predictor of institutionalization of persons with dementia. Using the Lenz et al. (1997), Theory of Unpleasant Symptoms as a guide, the purpose of this study was to determine whether pain, fatigue, or depressive symptoms are associated with caregiver burden among spouses of persons with dementia. A secondary analysis of an existing database of a cross-sectional, descriptive study of 83 spouses of persons with dementia was conducted. Spouses were predominately female (60%) and Caucasian (76%) with a mean age of 77 years. Symptom data were collected using items from the SF-36v2. Burden data was collected using the abridged Zarit Burden Interview. Data were analyzed using descriptive, correlational, and multiple regression statistical analyses. Spouse caregiver pain, fatigue, and depressive symptoms were significantly associated with caregiver burde

Topics: Caregiver burden, dementia, Theory of Unpleasant Symptoms, Zarit Burden Interview
Publisher: Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Year: 2012
OAI identifier: oai:scholarworks.iupui.edu:1805/7772
Provided by: IUPUIScholarWorks

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