Next Article in Journal
Organizational Readiness to Implement the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program in Dialysis Facilities
Next Article in Special Issue
An Acute Model of Care to Guide Eating & Drinking Decisions in the Frail Elderly with Dementia and Dysphagia
Previous Article in Journal
Reaching Out to Rural Caregivers and Veterans with Dementia Utilizing Clinical Video-Telehealth
Previous Article in Special Issue
The Prevalence of Oropharyngeal Dysphagia in Acute Geriatric Patients
Review

The Burden of Dysphagia on Family Caregivers of the Elderly: A Systematic Review

1
Communication Sciences and Disorders, Adelphi University, Garden City, New York, NY 11530, USA
2
Communication Disorders and Sciences, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403, USA
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Geriatrics 2018, 3(2), 30; https://doi.org/10.3390/geriatrics3020030
Received: 11 May 2018 / Revised: 2 June 2018 / Accepted: 8 June 2018 / Published: 10 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dysphagia in Older and Frail Adults)
With the rapid increase in the elderly population, there is a simultaneous increased need for care provided by family caregivers. Research in the field of head and neck cancer has indicated that caring for patients with dysphagia can impact a caregiver’s quality of life. Given that many older adults present with dysphagia, one can assume that their caregivers are equally, if not more greatly, affected. The purpose of this systematic review was to examine all relevant literature regarding the caregiver burden in caregivers of community-dwelling older adults with dysphagia. A review of relevant studies published through April 2018 was conducted using search terms related to dysphagia, caregiver burden, and older adults. The search yielded 2331 unique abstracts. Of the 176 abstracts that underwent full review, four were accepted. All reported an increase in caregiver burden due to presence of dysphagia in care recipients. Worsening feeding-related behaviors were associated with burden, and the use of feeding tubes was more frequently associated with “heavy burden”. The presence of dysphagia in community-dwelling older adults is a factor leading to an increased burden among caregivers. Although aspects of dysphagia play a role in the caregiver burden, the specific reasons for the increased burden are unknown. Clinicians should be aware of dysphagia as a source of the burden, and future studies should further define the relationship between dysphagia and the caregiver burden in order to develop comprehensive approaches to care. View Full-Text
Keywords: dysphagia; deglutition; caregiver burden; geriatrics; elderly; systematic review dysphagia; deglutition; caregiver burden; geriatrics; elderly; systematic review
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Namasivayam-MacDonald, A.M.; Shune, S.E. The Burden of Dysphagia on Family Caregivers of the Elderly: A Systematic Review. Geriatrics 2018, 3, 30. https://doi.org/10.3390/geriatrics3020030

AMA Style

Namasivayam-MacDonald AM, Shune SE. The Burden of Dysphagia on Family Caregivers of the Elderly: A Systematic Review. Geriatrics. 2018; 3(2):30. https://doi.org/10.3390/geriatrics3020030

Chicago/Turabian Style

Namasivayam-MacDonald, Ashwini M., and Samantha E. Shune. 2018. "The Burden of Dysphagia on Family Caregivers of the Elderly: A Systematic Review" Geriatrics 3, no. 2: 30. https://doi.org/10.3390/geriatrics3020030

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop