Frailty and Caregiver Burden

Aim: Assess whether physical frailty is independently associated with caregiver burden in a convenience sample of community-dwelling older adults.

Overview: Cross-sectional study with a convenience sample of 45 caregiver-patient dyads.  All patients received a comprehensive geriatric assessment performed by an interdisciplinary team including a registered practical nurse, case manager, and geriatrician. Self-reported burden was assessed using a standardized interview instrument.

Results: Multivariable linear regression was performed with physical frailty, independence in activities of daily living, gender, age, and diagnosis of dementia as independent variables, and caregiver burden score as the dependent variable.  Only physical frailty was independently associated with increased caregiver burden. View the study here