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Instrumentos para medir la sobrecarga en el cuidador informal del paciente con demencia

ABSTRACT The complexity of dementia caregiver burden concept has led to a significant number of assessment tests using various approaches. For this reason, a review of these measurementss could be useful for clinical or research purposes.

Objective
The objective of the study is to perform an updated review on the tools available, classifying them according to the burden criterion by studying their characteristics and psychometric properties, and providing those most relevant for application.

Method
The method applied consisted of a database search −Pubmed, PsycINFO, Embase and Psicodoc (1980-2012).

Results
A total of 31 assessment tools were selected, grouped on the basis of the burden concept evaluated: objective/subjective burden, burden from a multidimensional approach, and as distress associated with patient impairment.

Conclusions
This study provides a suitable tool for using caregiver burden assessment tools accurately. A marked conclusion is the need to establish agreements in the assessment methods, in order to develop standard knowledge and application to healthcare practice.

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