Do Caregiver Characteristics Affect Caregiver Burden Differently in Different Countries?

Uwe Konerding*, Tom Bowen, Paul Forte, Eleftheria Karampli, Tomi Malmström, Elpida Pavi, Paulus Torkki, Elmar Graessel

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The relationships between caregiver burden as measured with the Burden Scale for Family Caregivers–short form and 6 characteristics of caregivers caring for patients with dementia were investigated for caregivers from England (n = 36), Finland (n = 42), and Greece (n = 46) using survey data. In all 3 countries, caregiver burden increases with physical problems of the caregiver, emotional problems of the caregiver, and weekly hours of care. Hence, in all 3 countries, special support for informal care is required when these characteristics are at high levels. When the caregiver is a spouse or long-term partner of the person with dementia, lives in the same house as this person, or spends fewer than 20 h/wk for other duties than care, this is associated with less caregiver burden in England but with more caregiver burden in Greece. Accordingly, special support is required for Greek caregivers with these characteristics, but the opposite is true for English caregivers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-152
JournalAmerican Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias
Issue number3
Early online date1 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • caregiver burden
  • cross-cultural
  • cross-national
  • dementia
  • informal care
  • informal caregivers

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