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Burden among family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease in nursing homes.

Tornatore JB, Grant LA. Burden among family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease in nursing homes. The Gerontologist. 2002 Aug 1; 42(4):497-506.

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PURPOSE: This article examines family caregiver burden after placement of a relative with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia in a nursing home. Design and Methods: A systems-oriented contextual approach was used to study burden in 276 family caregivers. RESULTS: SAS PROC MIXED analysis showed burden to be associated with caregiver age, length of time involved in caregiving, custodial units, involvement in hands-on care, and expectations for care. IMPLICATIONS: The findings suggest that more services aimed at relieving caregiver burden after nursing home placement may be warranted, particularly so for caregivers who are older and for those who had a shorter length of involvement in direct caregiving before institutionalization.

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