Study: When caregivers feel burden, they rate dementia patient's quality of life lower
Caregivers rate patients with mild to moderately severe dementia with a lower quality of life than the patients rate themselves, according to a study in released by the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. What's more, caregivers who felt a high level of burden rate the patient's quality of life lower, even if the patients perform well on cognitive tests.
The authors, from the University of California at San Francisco, polled 91 patients with mild to moderately severe dementia and their corresponding caregivers. Both groups answered questions in five categories pertaining to the patients' quality of life. The discrepancies in the answers were not associated with the patient's cognitive functioning, but were associated with caregiver's burden.
However, it is true that patients with depression reported low quality of life, and that matched caregivers' low rating of patients' quality of life.