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Dement Neurocogn Disord. 2013 Dec;12(4):107-113. Korean.
Published online Dec 31, 2013.
© 2013 Korean Dementia Association
Factors Affecting Caregiver Burden in Family Caregivers of Patients with Dementia
Oh Dae Kwon, M.D.,* Tae Wan Kim, M.D., Mee Young Park, M.D., Sang-Doe Yi, M.D.,§ Hyon-Ah Yi, M.D., Ho Won Lee, M.D., and Daegu-Kyungpook Dementia Association
*Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, Catholic University of Daegu, Daegu, Korea.
Department of Neurology, Daegu Fatima Hospital, Daegu, Korea.
Department of Neurology, College of Medicine, Yeungnam University, Daegu, Korea.
§Yi Sang-Doe Neurology Clinic, Daegu, Korea.
Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, Keimyung University, Daegu, Korea.
Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea.

Address for correspondence: Oh Dae Kwon, M.D. Department of Neurology, Daegu Catholic University Medical Center, School of Medicine, Catholic University of Daegu, 33 Duryugongwon-ro 17-gil, Nam-gu, Daegu 705-718, Korea. Tel: +82-53-650-4298, Fax: +82-53-654-9786, Email:
Received Nov 11, 2013; Revised Dec 26, 2013; Accepted Dec 26, 2013.

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This study aimed to know the state of caregiver burden of family caregivers of patients with dementia and also to know factors associated with the severity of caregiver burden.


Family caregivers of dementia patients were enrolled from five general hospitals in Daegu Metropolitan city, Korea. The participants analyzed in the present study were 199 subjects who were 24 to 86 years old, living in Daegu or Kyungsang Bukdo province. Demographic features, general characteristics, characteristics of caring patients were collected and Burden Interview was done by a psychologist. Factors affecting caregiver burden were assessed using statistical analyses.


The average severity of caregiver burden of family caregivers were between mild and moderate. Factors affecting the severity of caregiver burden were caregiving days per week among caregiver's characteristics and Neuropsychiatric Inventory and Geriatric Depression Scale among patient characteristics by multiple regression linear analysis. Caregiving cost shows marginal significance. Interestingly, cognitive scales like Mini-Mental State Examination, Clinical Dementia Rating, Physical and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living did not affect caregiver burden of family caregivers.


This study showed that caregiving days per week of caregivers and neuropsychiatric symptoms including depressive mood of patients are closely related with caregiver burden of family caregivers of patients with dementia in Korea.

Keywords: Caregivers; Dementia; Burden interview


Table 1
Clinical characteristics of dementia in the patients
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Table 2
Characteristics of family caregivers and caregiving situation
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Table 3
Correlations between Burden Interview and other variables
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Table 4
Correlations between Burden Interview and other variables
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Table 5
Correlations between Burden Interview and other variables
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This work was supported by the grant of Research Institute of Medical Science, Catholic University of Daegu (2012).

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