[Annual economic cost of informal care in Alzheimer's disease].

[Annual economic cost of informal care in Alzheimer's disease].

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INTRODUCTION. The indirect cost associated with the care of patients with Alzheimer's disease is taken on primarily by the family. AIM. To describe the cost associated with time dedication, its annual evolution, associated characteristics and related caregiver burden. SUBJECTS AND METHODS. Non-institutionalized patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease who are managed on an out-patient basis in a diagnosis unit and their primary caregivers. Prospective and observational study conducted over 12 months. The patient's clinical features were assessed using the Cambrigde Cognitive Examination Revised for cognitive capacity, the Disability Assessment in Dementia for functional capacity and the Neuropsychiatric Inventory for non-cognitive disorders. Sociodemographic data were collected by means of the Cambridge Examination for Mental Disorders of the Elderly Revised. The caregiver's dedication, sociodemographic characteristics and burden (by means of the Zarit interview) were recorded. RESULTS. Sample comprised of 169 patients and 169 caregivers. The cost at baseline was 6364.8 euro/year, and was mainly associated with support in instrumental activities. At 12 months, an overall increase of 29% was observed (1846.8 euro/year). Cost increase was associated with physical (F = 25.2; df = 1; p

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Revista de neurologia
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