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Estudos de Psicologia (Natal)

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PEREIRA, Ricardo Mendes Gomes; SOUZA, Wânia Cristina de; PONTES, Marta Kerr  and  SILVA, Ana Idalina de Paiva. Impact of Alzheimer's disease related anosognosia in caregivers' quality of life. Estud. psicol. (Natal) [online]. 2018, vol.23, n.3, pp. 201-211. ISSN 1413-294X.

Alzheimer's disease (AD) has anosognosia as one of its symptoms, defined as a change in the individual's ability to judge their difficulties, and is observed as having a significant impact on quality of life of caregivers. This study evaluated the impact of anosognosia related to AD in quality of life (QoL) of caregivers. Fifty AD patients were evaluated through the Addenbrooke's Cognitive Examination, Dementia Questionnaire - expanded, while caregivers were evaluated using the Scale of QoL in AD and Dementia Questionnaire (caregiver versions). We observed that caregivers of patients with signs of anosognosia had lower scores on QoL and these patients had worse cognitive scores. Anosognosia and QoL were negatively correlated, as QoL and cognitive functioning. Controlling for cognitive functioning, we observed that anosognosia has a greater impact on QoL in individuals with more severe cognitive impairments.

Keywords : alzheimer disease; quality of life; caregivers; anosognosia.

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