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Keywords

PROFESSIONAL CAREGIVERS, ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE, DEMENTIA CARE UNITS, BURNOUT, TEST DEVELOPMENT, NURSING CARE

 

Authors

  1. McCarty, Ellen F. PhD, RN,CS
  2. Drebing, Charles PhD

Abstract

The objective of this study was to establish the validity and reliability of the Professional Caregivers' Burden Index (PCBI), a new measure of burden for professionals who work with patients with Alzheimer's disease. In phase 1, content validity was examined; in phase 2, the 24-item instrument was administered to professional caregivers on specialty dementia care units at a long-term care facility in New England. In phase 3, mean staff PCBI scores were found to increase significantly at 3 and 9 months following a reduction of approximately 5% in staffing levels at a dementia care program. These initial data on the PCBI suggest that it may be used as a valid and reliable measure of burden among professional caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's disease.