To investigate predictors of change in the sense of competence of primary caregivers and continuity in home care for dementia patients.
A prospective longitudinal study with a follow-up period of 10 months.
Dementia patients living in the community selected by Dutch general practitioners.
Pairs of demented patients and their primary caregivers (N=138).
Sense of competence : a 27-item scale (alpha=0.79) based on issues derived from the family crisis model and the Burden Interview.
Continuity in home care is determined by the number of patient's admissions to a nursing or retirement home.
Regression analysis revealed that a change in the caregiver's sense of competence was independently predicted by characteristics of the patient, the primary caregiver and the professional social network.
A decreased sense of competence was associated with a longer duration of dementia and the patient's more agitated behaviour, the caregiver's higher initial sense of competence and being a female caregiver sharing a household with the demented patient.
A positive influence on the change in the sense of competence was found when these females received a professional intervention consisting of support for the caregiver.
Reporting to be a Catholic or a Protestant compared with not being religiously involved positively influenced the change in sense of competence. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Etude longitudinale, Soin, A domicile, Stress, Aidant, Evolution, Facteur prédictif, Démence sénile, Système santé, Vieillard, Homme, Système nerveux pathologie, Système nerveux central pathologie, Encéphale pathologie, Maladie dégénérative, Placement institution
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Follow up study, Care, At home, Stress, Caregiver, Evolution, Predictive factor, Senile dementia, Health system, Elderly, Human, Nervous system diseases, Central nervous system disease, Cerebral disorder, Degenerative disease
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0369358
Code Inist : 002B18H05B. Création : 12/09/1997.