This excerpt taken from the ELN 6-K filed Jul 14, 2009.
#P1-180: Relationship Between Patient Dependence and Caregiver Burden in Alzheimer’s Disease (Lacey LA, et al.)
A new, longitudinal, non-interventional study that included 155 Alzheimer’s disease patients/caregiver pairs across the U.S. and Europe assessed the relationship of AD patients’ dependence on caregiver burden, connecting the impact of worsening AD severity on family members or other caregivers. This is the first study exploring the relationship between dependence and caregiver-reported burden via the Caregiver Reaction Assessment, a tool that captures both negative and positive reactions of giving care in an informal setting. Specifically, this poster presented an interim analysis that found caregivers reported experiencing increased disruption in daily schedules, greater lack of family support, and more time devoted to being a caregiver as AD patients’ dependence increased.
“Given these recent findings, it’s vital for continued research, measurement, and documentation of the growing burden of care and cost of Alzheimer’s disease to adequately provide support for caregivers and assess patient healthcare needs,” said Dr. Dale P. Schenk, Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of Elan. “Elan and Wyeth, through the Alzheimer's Immunotherapy Program (AIP), are committed to advancing research in all aspects of the disease.”