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Quality of Life of Caregivers in Parkinson's Disease

Pablo Martínez-Martín, Julián Benito-León, Fernando Alonso, Ma. José Catalán, M. Pondal, I. Zamarbide, A. Tobías and J. de Pedro
Quality of Life Research
Vol. 14, No. 2 (Mar., 2005), pp. 463-472
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4038779
Page Count: 10
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Quality of Life of Caregivers in Parkinson's Disease
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Abstract

Objective: To assess the impact of PD on informal caregivers of patients and identify the main factors related to caregiver strain. Patients and methods: Pairs of PD patients and their caregivers. Evaluation by neurologists included the Hoehn and Yahr, Schwab and England, UPDRS (parts 1-3), ISAPD, and Pfeiffer's SPMSQ rating scales. Patients completed the Euro-QoL 5D, PDQ-8, and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. The SQLC was used to assess caregivers' quality of life (QoL), with caregivers, in turn, applying the Euro-QoL and PDQ-8 to assess patients' health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Multiple linear regression models were fitted to ascertain factors linked to the SQLC. Results: Significant correlations were in evidence between the following scores: SQLC and clinical rating scales and SQLC and patients' HRQoL. Based on multiple regression analysis, patients' functional state (ADL) proved to be the main predictor of caregivers' QoL. Self- and caregiver-assessed patients' HRQoL also proved to be a relevant factor. Conclusions: (1) Patients' functional state was significantly related to caregivers' psychosocial burden; (2) patients' HRQoL proved to be an additional factor linked to caregiver QoL; (3) improvement of patient disability and HRQoL might alleviate caregiver strain.

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