Background Long-term care for the elderly by their family members represents a serious burden in Italy. The physical and psychological health of informal caregivers is a growing public health issue. Old patients often seek urgent medical attention in the Emergency Department (ED) and hospitalisation is frequent event among the elderly. Aim Aim of the study was (1) to investigate the burden of care among the caregivers of old patients; (2) to examine the influence of the burden experienced by the caregivers on ED and hospital admissions of the elderly. Methods We conducted a descriptive study of patients aged 75 years or older and their caregiver admitted to the ED from 10/1/15 to 6/10/15 (77 patient-caregiver pairs). The caregivers were evaluated using the Caregiver Burden Inventory (CBI). A case manager collected the patient's data. Results CBI score is the highest among patients seeking ED evaluation due to caregiver's concern. The majority of the elderly admitted to the ED whose caregiver shows elevated emotional burden at the CBI do not present with serious or urgent medical condition and are not hospitalised. Emotional burden is the highest among the caregivers of demented subjects who share the same house. Conclusion Our findings indicate that the burden experienced by caregiving family members plays a role in elderly people avoidable ED visits.
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|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Titolo:||Predictive factors of hospitalization related to the caregiver burden in older adults presenting to the emergency department|
|Autori:||Mattei, G.; Goldoni, I.; Mariani, F.; Casu, G.; Boccaletti, L.; Ferrari, S.; Ligabue, L.; Colantoni, A.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||Abstract in Rivista|
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