Quality of life in dementia: care recipient and caregiver perceptions of quality of life in dementia: the LASER-AD study

Hoe, Juanita and Katona, Cornelius and Orrell, Martin and Livingston, Gill (2007) Quality of life in dementia: care recipient and caregiver perceptions of quality of life in dementia: the LASER-AD study. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 22 (10). pp. 1031-1036. ISSN 0885-6230. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Background Quality of Life (QoL) is a key outcome in dementia. Aim To compare care recipients' (CR) and caregivers' (CG) views on CRs' QoL and identify determinants. Methods CRs and CGS completed the Quality of Life - Alzheimer's Disease (QOL-AD) scale. Results One hundred and ninety-one CR/CG dyads were interviewed. There were differences between determinants of the CRs and CGS views about QoL. Family-CGs rated CRs' QoL higher when CRs had fewer depressive symptoms, less irritability, less apathy, less daily living impairment and lived at home. Fewer depressive symptoms, living at home and taking acetylcholinesterase-inhibitors (AChEI) predicted higher CR rated QoL. Conclusion Proxy ratings in dementia do not replicate CRs' views of QoL. This is the first study to employ a validated QoL measure for people with dementia taking AChEls. Randomised controlled trials are needed before drawing conclusions about their effect on QoL. Interpretation of correlations between QoL and symptoms should be cautious as QoL is designed to reflect the impact of psychological and physical symptoms. Copyright (c) 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: quality of life; dementia; caregivers; care recipient
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > Kent Institute of Medicine and Health Sciences (KIMHS)
Depositing User: M.P. Stone
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2008 08:58
Last Modified: 27 May 2014 15:58
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/12127 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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