Depression in the Family of Patients with Dementia in Korea

Sung In Jang, Hong Chul Bae, Jaeyong Shin, Suk Yong Jang, Seri Hong, Kyu Tae Han, Eun Cheol Park

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Abstract

Introduction: Dementia is the leading cause of disability worldwide in the elderly individuals. Although prior studies have examined psychiatric symptoms in dementia caregivers, few studies have examined physician-diagnosed depression in the family caregiver of a patient with dementia. Methods: We used data from 457 864 respondents from the Korea Community Health Survey. We used logistic regression to examine the relationship between physician-diagnosed depression and cohabitation with a patient with dementia. Results: Cohabitation with a patient with dementia (1.2% of the Korean population) was significantly associated with physician-diagnosed depression. The significance remained in females when the data were stratified by sex. A significant association also occurred among males with low family income. Conclusion: To reduce the burden of dementia, we need a management policy that includes the caregiver as well as the patient with dementia. In particular, political management for the vulnerable population, male caregiver in low-income family and female caregiver in high-income family, should be prepared.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-491
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias
Volume31
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Sep 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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