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   Psychogeriatria Polska 2006 Vol3 No2
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Title:     The characteristic of Polish population Alzheimer’s disease patients
             and their caregivers: Results from observation EX-ON Study
Author: Tomasz Gabryelewicz, S?awomira Kotapka-Minc, Ma?gorzata M?czka,
             Rafa? Motyl, Tomasz Sobów, Andrzej Szczudlik, Iwona K?oszewska,
             Maria Barcikowska
            [original article, in polish]

Introduction. Caregivers of patients with dementia experience a significant degree of burden that impacts on their health and quality of life.

Objectives. This report’s aim is to identify social and demographic factors among Alzheimer’s disease (AD) patients and their caregivers, and to estimate the effect of riwastigmine on caregiver burden.

Methods. Using data from Polish EX-ON study, which main aim was to estimate the efficiency and the prevalence and severity of side effects during the treatment with riwastygmine (16 weeks) among AD patients. Caregivers, identified from EX-ON study, self-administered the Social & Demographic Factors Questionnaire and dementia Caregiver ABC Scale.

Results. The data were collected from 1795 caregivers. 39% of the caregivers were children and 36% were spouses. Caregivers <60 years consisted 56% of all group. Mean age in the group was 57.5 years. Mean time for caregiving was 7.2 ours per day.

Conclusions. The study attempts to summarize the caregiving environment in Poland. Riwastygmine may have significant effects on caregivers burden in AD, particularly in terms of improvement of simple live activity of patients, independence and cooperative

Key words: Alzheimer’s disease, descriptive epidemiology, caregiver,
                   riwastygmine


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