Changes in caregiver burden and health-related quality of life of informal caregivers of older people with Dementia: evidence from the European RightTimePlaceCare prospective cohort study

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Abstract
Aims. To describe differences in caregiver burden and health-related quality of life of informal caregivers of people with dementia in eight European countries and assess changes after transition from home to institutional long-term care.
Background. Country differences in the experience of burden and health-related quality of life are rarely described.
Design. Prospective cohort study.
Methods. Data on burden and health-related quality of life were collected at baseline (conducted between November 2010–April 2012) and follow-up (after 3 months) using face-to-face interviews. Two groups of informal caregivers included those: (1) of people with dementia recently admitted to institutional long-term care facilities; and those (2) of people with dementia receiving home
care. Statistical analyses focused on descriptive comparisons between groups and countries.
Results. Informal caregivers of about 2014 were interviewed. Informal caregivers of people with dementia at home experienced more burden compared with informal caregivers of recently institutionalised people with dementia. Almost no differences in health-related quality of life were found between groups. Large differences between countries on outcomes were found. Informal caregivers of
people with dementia who made the transition to an institutional long-term care facility experienced a statistically significant decrease in burden and psychological distress at follow-up.
Conclusion. Cross-country differences may be related to differences in health and social care systems. Taking this into account, informal caregiver interventions need to be tailored to (country specific) contexts and (individual) needs. Findings highlight the positive impact of admission to institutional long-term care on informal caregiver well-being.

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Authors
  • Bleijlevens Michel
  • Stolt Minna
  • Stephan Astrid
  • Zabalegui Adelaida
  • Saks Kai
  • Sutcliffe Caroline
  • Connie Lethin
  • Soto Maria
  • Zwakhalen Sandra
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  • Nursing

Keywords

  • burden, dementia, health-related quality of life, home care-nursing, informal caregivers, institutional care, older people
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1378-1391
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
Volume71
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

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