Aim of this study is to examine caregiver burden and family functioning in different neurological conditions. Forty-two primary caregivers of patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementia (AD), Parkinson’s Disease (PD), Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI) and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) were administered scales for the evaluation of caregiver burden (CBI) and family functioning (FACES IV). Caregiver burden was overall high, with caregivers of patients with ALS and ABI having exceeded the CBI cut-off score for possible burn-out. The average scores of caregivers of patients with AD or other dementia and PD were close to the cut-off score, whereas those of caregivers of patients with MS were significantly lower than the others. Family cohesion, family satisfaction and the quality of family communication were associated with reduced levels of caregiver burden, whereas disengagement was associated with a higher burden. The data from the present study confirm that caregiver burden is a relevant issue in the context of neurological diseases, especially for those causing higher degrees of impairment. Significant correlations with family functioning emerged as well, highlighting the importance of studying and treating caregiver burdenwithin the context of family relations.
|Autori:||Tramonti, Francesco; Bonfiglio, Luca; Bongioanni, Paolo; Belviso, Cristina; Fanciullacci, Chiara; Rossi, Bruno; Chisari, Carmelo; Carboncini, MARIA CHIARA|
|Titolo:||Caregiver burden and family functioning in different neurological diseases|
|Anno del prodotto:||2019|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1080/13548506.2018.1510131|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|