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Aging Clinical and Experimental Research

, Volume 25, Issue 6, pp 677–683 | Cite as

Caregivers’ perceptions of the therapeutic benefits of drug treatments for dementia

  • Carlotta FranchiEmail author
  • Francesca Arosio
  • Codjo Djignefa Djade
  • Gabriella Salvini Porro
  • Alessandro Nobili
Original Article

Abstract

Background and aims

To collect opinions, perceptions, and expectations on the therapeutic benefits of drug treatment for dementia and the impact on the care of the patient in a large sample of caregivers. Only few studies deal with this topic in a small number of participants.

Methods

This used an ad-hoc online questionnaire to collect the opinions of caregivers of patients with dementia and assess their expectations and perceptions of the therapeutic benefits of drug treatments. The questionnaire was accessible for nearly 4 months on the Federazione Alzheimer Italia website and had three sections: (1) information on the patient with dementia; (2) information on the caregiver’s perception of the therapeutic benefits of drug treatments; (3) information on caregivers. To evaluate the relationship between the caregiver’s expectations of the therapeutic benefits of dementia treatments and some characteristics of the patients and the caregivers, we used the Chi-square test.

Results

During the access time, 439 questionnaires were filled, and 369 were validated for inclusion in the analysis; of these, 329 also had information on caregivers. The expectations of drug treatment effects were not statistically significantly influenced by any variables considered about the patients or the caregivers. Caregivers’ beliefs about the effectiveness of dementia treatment, their expectations and changes in their lives were clear.

Conclusions

This study addresses a gap in knowledge about caregivers’ experiences and their views of drug treatments, and highlights the need for a pharmaceutical treatment that helps to resolve the symptoms and outcomes of dementia.

Keywords

Caregivers Changes of caregivers’ lives Cholinesterase inhibitors Dementia Perception of therapeutic effects 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors are very grateful for the support of all caregivers.

Conflict of interest

The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlotta Franchi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Francesca Arosio
    • 2
  • Codjo Djignefa Djade
    • 1
  • Gabriella Salvini Porro
    • 2
  • Alessandro Nobili
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory for Quality Assessment of Geriatric Therapies and ServicesIRCCS-Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche “Mario Negri”MilanItaly
  2. 2.Federazione Alzheimer ItaliaMilanItaly

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