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Caregiver Burden: The Strongest Predictor of Self-Rated Health in Caregivers of Patients With Dementia./ Abdollahpour, Ibrahim; Nedjat, Saharnaz; Noroozian, Maryam; Salimi, Yahya; Majdzadeh, Reza;

By: Abdollahpour I.
Contributor(s): Nedjat S | Majdzadeh R | Salimi Y | Noroozian M.
Material type: materialTypeLabelArticle Media type: Article Subject(s): Atenció als cuidadors | Cuidadors familiars | Demència | Malaltia d'Alzheimer | Síndrome del cuidador | Iran | Self-rated health In: JOURNAL OF GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY AND NEUROLOGY 2014; 27(3): 172-180Summary: Objective: People having dementia need help and supervision to perform their activities of daily living. This responsibility is usually imposed on family members who endure a great burden, leading to undesirable health outcomes. The aims of our study were to measure caregivers’ health as well as identify its adjusted relevant predictors. Methods: One hundred and fifty three registered patients and their caregivers from Iranian Alzheimer Association were included in this cross-sectional study through sequential sampling. scale ranging from very bad (1) to very good (5). The multiple linear regression model was applied to determine the adjusted associations between independent variables under study and SRH. Results: The mean caregiver SRH level was 3.03. Of the participant caregivers, 29% were either unsatisfied or very unsatisfied with their health level. In the final regression model, SRH showed a direct significant association with the patient’s number of children but an inverse significant association with the marital status (married patients), patient’s age, and caregiver burden. SRH after removing the effect of the other covariates but it was also recognized as the strongest predictor of caregivers’ SRH. Therefore, it seems that development of intervention programs, in order to reduce caregiver burden, can be considered as important step in promoting caregivers’ health level.
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Objective: People having dementia need help and supervision to perform their activities of daily living. This responsibility is usually imposed on family members who endure a great burden, leading to undesirable health outcomes. The aims of our study were to measure caregivers’ health as well as identify its adjusted relevant predictors. Methods: One hundred and fifty three registered patients and their caregivers from Iranian Alzheimer Association were included in this cross-sectional study through sequential sampling. scale ranging from very bad (1) to very good (5). The multiple linear regression model was applied to determine the adjusted associations between independent variables under study and SRH. Results: The mean caregiver SRH level was 3.03. Of the participant caregivers, 29% were either unsatisfied or very unsatisfied with their health level. In the final regression model, SRH showed a direct significant association with the patient’s number of children but an inverse significant association with the marital status (married patients), patient’s age, and caregiver burden. SRH after removing the effect of the other covariates but it was also recognized as the strongest predictor of caregivers’ SRH. Therefore, it seems that development of intervention programs, in order to reduce caregiver burden, can be considered as important step in promoting caregivers’ health level.

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