More Depression, Burnout For Caregivers of Patients With Dementia
A new study suggests that caregiver intervention to reduce burnout might
benefit from strategies to reduce depression and increase quality of life.
Caregivers of patients with dementia often experience chronic and
emotional strains, which may lead to emotional exhaustion and burnout.
The objective of this study was to examine the relationships between
burnout, depression, and quality of life in home caregivers of patients
with dementia. The participants were 84 home caregivers (39 male; 45
female), and they were asked to complete three questionnaires: the Beck
Depression Inventory Second Edition (BDI-II), the WHO Quality of Life
26 (WHO-QOL26), and the Pines Burnout Measure (BM).
Results showed that the BM scores significantly correlated
with the scores on BDI-II and WHO-QOL26. The higher levels of burnout were found to
correspond to higher levels of depressive symptoms and lower quality of life. These
findings suggest that caregiver intervention to reduce burnout might
benefit from strategies to reduce depression and increase quality of life. For more, see the study.
Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is
dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing
home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke,
Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.
Posted on Thu, May 28, 2009
by Robert Carter