Caregiver Burden: A Review of Risk Factors and Interventions
the MPR take:
Caregiver burden and distress can often be overshadowed by the needs of the care recipient. Too often, clinicians overlook the signs of caregiver distress which can negatively impact the caregiver emotionally, socially, physically, financially, and spiritually. Approximately 43.5 million people provide support to midlife and older adults. A review of cohort studies published in JAMA identified female sex, low educational attainment, residence with the care recipient, higher number of hours spent caregiving, depression, social isolation, financial stress, and lack of choice in being a caregiver as risk factors for caregiver burden. Psychosocial and pharmacological interventions have shown some improvements in caregiver burden's associated symptoms. The authors conclude that physicians should provide caregiver assessment and interventions specific to caregiver burden circumstances and context.
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