SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

 
vol.42 número2Telemental health in Brazil: past, present and integration into primary careGhrelin and eating disorders índice de autoresíndice de assuntospesquisa de artigos
Home Pagelista alfabética de periódicos  

Serviços Personalizados

Journal

Artigo

Indicadores

Links relacionados

Compartilhar


Archives of Clinical Psychiatry (São Paulo)

versão impressa ISSN 0101-6083

Resumo

LUCHESI, Bruna Moretti et al. Evaluation of depressive symptoms in older caregivers. Arch. Clin. Psychiatry (São Paulo) [online]. 2015, vol.42, n.2, pp.45-51. ISSN 0101-6083.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0101-60830000000047.

Background

The number of older caregivers is getting bigger and it is important to know if they experience depressive symptoms because there can be consequences for both caregiver and care recipient.

Objective

To analyze the recent publications related to the assessment of depressive symptoms in elderly caregivers.

Methods

Lilacs and PubMed databases were reviewed associating the descriptors “caregivers” AND “aged” AND “depression”. Inclusion criteria were texts including primary data in Portuguese, Spanish or English, published between 2009-2013, also data which evaluated elderly caregivers (≥ 60) and depression or depressive symptoms. There were found n = 1129 texts and after applying the inclusion criteria n = 17 were selected and analyzed.

Results

Geriatric Depressive Scale (-30 and -15 items) and Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression scale were the most used scales to evaluate depressive symptoms in older caregivers. Caregivers were in the most of the cases female and cared for a family member with dementia. The majority of the texts that compared older caregivers to older non-caregivers found that caregivers had more depressive symptoms.

Discussion

Early identification of depressive symptoms can help professionals to minimize damage in caregivers and in care recipient and to plan interventions focusing on improving quality of life of this specific caregiver group.

Palavras-chave : Older; depression; caregiver; review.

        · texto em Inglês     · Inglês ( pdf )