The Caregivers for Alzheimer's disease Problems Scale (CAPS): development of a new scale with the LASER-AD study

Livingston, Gill and Mahoney, Rachel and Regan, Ciaran and Katona, Cornelius (2005) The Caregivers for Alzheimer's disease Problems Scale (CAPS): development of a new scale with the LASER-AD study. Age and Ageing, 34 (3). pp. 287-290. ISSN 0002-0729. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Background: we developed the Caregivers for Alzheimer's disease Problems Scale (CAPS) comprising common risk factors for anxiety and depression for family carers of people with dementia. Objective: to calculate the sensitivity and specificity of the CAPS in order to measure its usefulness in identifying dementia caregivers at risk of anxiety and depression and therefore whether it identifies clinically relevant areas for intervention or highlights the need for support if the problem could not be changed. Method: 153 family caregivers were interviewed as part of a larger epidemiologically representative study of people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers. Caregiver anxiety and depression were measured using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). Results: the CAPS had high sensitivity and specificity in detecting caregivers with screen positive anxiety and depression. Five areas were indicated: neuropsychiatric symptoms and depression in the care-recipient, co-residence and relationships with the care-recipient, and physical health of the caregiver. Conclusions: awareness of these problems can help clinicians identify those carers most likely to be anxious or depressed and indicate appropriate intervention and support. We recommend that this instrument be used as part of routine assessments of people with dementia and their families.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Alzheimer's disease caregivers anxiety depression elderly
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > Kent Institute of Medicine and Health Sciences (KIMHS)
Depositing User: M.P. Stone
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2008 21:41
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