Health-related quality of life and strain in caregivers of Australians with Parkinson's disease: An observational study

David Kelly, Jennifer Louise McGinley, Frances Huxham, Hylton Menz, Jennifer Joy Watts, Robert Iansek, Anna T Murphy, Mary Danoudis, Brooke Adair, Meg E Morris

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Abstract

Background The relationship between health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in people with Parkinson s disease and their caregivers is little understood and any effects on caregiver strain remain unclear. This paper examines these relationships in an Australian sample. Methods Using the generic EuroQol (EQ-5D) and disease-specific Parkinson s Disease Questionnaire-39 Item (PDQ-39), HRQoL was evaluated in a sample of 97 people with PD and their caregivers. Caregiver strain was assessed using the Modified Caregiver Strain Index. Associations were evaluated between: (i) caregiver and care-recipient HRQoL; (ii) caregiver HRQoL and caregiver strain, and; (iii) between caregiver strain and care-recipient HRQoL. Results No statistically significant relationships were found between caregiver and care-recipient HRQoL, or between caregiver HRQoL and caregiver strain. Although this Australian sample of caregivers experienced relatively good HRQoL and moderately low strain, a significant correlation was found between HRQoL of people with PD and caregiver strain (rho 0.43, p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 7
Number of pages7
JournalBMC Neurology
Volume12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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