Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 55, Issue 2, pp 304–310 | Cite as

The Burden of Care and Burnout in Individuals Caring for Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Eren YıldızhanEmail author
  • Nesibe Ören
  • Ayten Erdoğan
  • Fatih Bal
Brief Report


Alzheimer’s disease imposes a severe burden upon patients and their caregivers. We examined the relationship between the sociodemographic factors, burden of care and burnout level of 120 of 203 professional caregiving staff dealing with Alzheimer’s disease patients in eight geriatric care centers in Istanbul/Turkey. The Zarit Caregiver Burden Scale was used to measure the level of burden of care, and the Maslach burnout inventory to measure the level of burnout. High levels of emotional exhaustion were present in 25% of our sample, and depersonalization was found in 30% reduced personal accomplishment was present in 26% of the caregivers.


Burnout syndrome Alzheimer’s disease Caregiver Dementia 


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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

The study has been approved by the appropriate institutional ethics committee and have been performed in accordance with the ethical standards as laid down in the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments or compatible ethical standards.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bakırköy Research and Training Hospital for Psychiatric and Neurological DiseasesIstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Clinical PsychologyBeykent UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyIstanbul Gelişim University, Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social SciencesIstanbulTurkey

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