Factors affecting the quality of life of family carers of people with dementia: the role of carer anxiety

Contreras, Milena ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5171-0534, Khondoker, Mizanur ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1801-1635, Mioshi, Eneida and Kishita, Naoko (2022) Factors affecting the quality of life of family carers of people with dementia: the role of carer anxiety. Psychology, Health & Medicine. ISSN 1354-8506

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The role of anxiety on the quality of life of family carers of people with dementia is somewhat neglected in the carer literature. The current study aimed to investigate the impact of common risk factors (i.e., care recipient’s neuropsychiatric symptoms, carer depression, and burden) and anxiety on QoL. This cross-sectional study recruited 89 family carers. Most of the participants were looking after a spouse with Alzheimer’s or mixed dementia. A multiple regression analysis was conducted with carer QoL as a dependent variable. All risk factors (i.e., people with dementia’s neuropsychiatric symptoms, carer depression, anxiety, and burden) were entered into the model simultaneously as independent variables. The model’s R2 was 33%. The results demonstrated that anxiety was the only significant independent variable predicting carer QoL (β =–0.34, p = 0.03, 95% CI:–0.64 to–0.04). These results indicated that having more symptoms of anxiety was associated with worse QoL as measured by the ICEpop CAPability measure for Older people (ICECAP-O). These findings suggested that improving carer’s anxiety may be particularly important in promoting QoL among family carers of people with dementia. Future interventions should target this variable to achieve the desired result of improving carer QoL.

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Additional Information: Funding: This work presents independent research partly funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaborations (ARC) East of England, at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR, or the Department of Health and Social Care. MC’s studentship was also supported by Norfolk and Suffolk Primary and Community Care Research Office and Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of East Anglia.
Uncontrolled Keywords: alzheimer’s,informal caregivers,qol,anxiety,depression,neuropsychiatric symptoms,clinical psychology,applied psychology,psychiatry and mental health ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3200/3203
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2022 10:30
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 18:35
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/85740
DOI: 10.1080/13548506.2022.2093926

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