Impact of cognition, function and strength of individuals with Alzheimer's disease on the caregiver's quality of life

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Title Impact of cognition, function and strength of individuals with Alzheimer's disease on the caregiver's quality of life
Impacto da cognição, funcionalidade e força de indivíduos com doença de Alzheimer sobre a qualidade de vida do cuidador
 
Creator Gaideski, Fernanda
Socha, Sandra Regina
Tsingos Ramos, Ana Angélica
Takeda , Sibele Yoko Mattozo
 
Subject Doença de Alzheimer
Qualidade de Vida
Cuidadores
Alzheimer Disease
Quality of Life
Caregivers
 
Description The Alzheimer's disease demands can influence the caregiver's daily life. Objective: The objective of this study was to assess the impact of cognitive, functional, and motor impairment of patients with Alzheimer's disease on the caregiver's quality of life. Method: This study included 27 participants with Alzheimer and their caregivers in a cross-sectional design. The Quality of Life-AD questionnaire assessed the caregiver's quality of life. The patient's cognition was rated by the Clinical Dementia Rating, the functionality by the Functional Independence Measure, mobility by the Timed Up and Go, and the muscle strength by the handgrip strength. The variables were analyzed in association by Kruskal-Wallis and Fisher's exact tests or by the Pearson or Spearman correlation tests, and the results were considered significant if p≤0.05. Result: An association was found between the cognition of the patient with Alzheimer and the caregiver's quality of life (p= 0.026) and a correlation was observed between the patient's functionality and the caregiver's quality of life (p= 0.031). Conclusion: The aspects of quality of life affected by cognition, function, and mobility are willingness, ability to do leisure activities and life in general. We conclude that developing strategies that provide the caregivers with professional support for proper training and care performance is essential.
As demandas de cuidados na Doença de Alzheimer podem influenciar no cotidiano do cuidador.  Objetivo: Avaliar se o comprometimento cognitivo, funcional e motor do indivíduo com a doença influenciam na qualidade de vida do cuidador. Método: Estudo transversal, do qual participaram 27 indivíduos com Doença de Alzheimer e seus cuidadores. A qualidade de vida do cuidador foi avaliada pelo questionário Quality of Life-AD, a cognição do paciente foi verificada pela Clinical Dementia Rating, a funcionalidade pela Medida de Independência Funcional, mobilidade pelo Timed Up and Go e a força muscular pela força de preensão manual. A associação entre as variáveis foi realizada pelos testes Kruskal-Wallis e exato de Fisher ou pelos testes de correlação de Pearson ou Spearman, considerando p≤0,05. Resultado: Observou-se associação entre a cognição do indivíduo com Doença de Alzheimer e qualidade de vida do cuidador (p= 0,026) e correlação entre a funcionalidade do paciente e qualidade de vida do cuidador (p= 0,031). Conclusão: Os aspectos de qualidade de vida afetados pela cognição, função e mobilidade, são: disposição, capacidade para fazer atividades de lazer e a vida em geral. Percebe-se a necessidade de se pensar em estratégias que representem suporte profissional para a capacitação e desempenho de cuidados.
 
Publisher Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de São Paulo
 
Date 2021-03-31
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
 
Format application/pdf
application/pdf
 
Identifier https://www.revistas.usp.br/actafisiatrica/article/view/176043
10.11606/issn.2317-0190.v28i1a176043
 
Source Acta Fisiátrica; v. 28 n. 1 (2021); 22-29
2317-0190
0104-7795
 
Language eng
por
 
Relation https://www.revistas.usp.br/actafisiatrica/article/view/176043/173457
https://www.revistas.usp.br/actafisiatrica/article/view/176043/172036
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Acta Fisiátrica
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0
 

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