Burden in Caregivers of Cognitively Impaired Older Adults Living in the Community: Methodological Issues and Determinants
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Original versionBédard, M., Pedlar, D., Martin, N.J., Malott, O. & Stones, M.J. (2000). Burden in caregivers of cognitively impaired older adults living in the community: Methodological issues and determinants. International Psychogeriatrics, 12, 307-332. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1041610200006426
Considerable burden is reported by informal caregivers of older individuals with cognitive impairment. Significant progress in the understanding of determinants of this burden has been achieved. However, further progress could be attained if we considered important methodological issues that may have limited our understanding of caregiver burden. These issues include subgroups of care recipients and caregivers, measurement issues, research design, and statistical techniques. Fifty-three studies published between 1980 and 1997 (inclusive) that focused on caregiver burden were abstracted to determine the extent to which the methodological issues discussed above were considered. Overall, we found considerable variability among the studies surveyed. Further understanding of the caregiving process and reductions in caregiver burden will depend on the attention to methodological issues and understanding of burden across the whole caregiving career.