Identifying cognitive and demographic variables that contribute to carer burden in dementia

Laurie A. Miller*, Eneida Mioshi, Sharon Savage, Suncica Lah, John R. Hodges, Olivier Piguet

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Background/Aims: Carer burden has been associated with other carer-reported factors (e.g. depression), but less is known about the influence of more independent variables. We aimed to determine the impact of cognitive deficits, demographic variables and dementia subtype on carer burden. Methods: Patients with Alzheimer's dementia (n = 35) or frontotemporal lobar degeneration (n = 61) underwent assessment of anterograde memory, word generation, impulse control and emotion recognition. Age, sex, relationship type, disease duration and diagnosis were also considered. Carers completed the Zarit Burden Interview. Results: In bivariate regression analyses, carer burden was related to age, diagnosis, memory, impulse control and emotion recognition. Stepwise multivariate regression revealed independent contributions by patient age, memory and emotion recognition, explaining 23% of the variance. Conclusion: The findings could help refine interventions and carer support.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-49
Number of pages7
JournalDementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Alzheimer's dementia
  • Burden of care
  • Cognitive deficits
  • Frontotemporal lobar degeneration
  • Psychosocial variables

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