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Evaluating Caregiver Risk: The Dementia Caregiver Interview Guide

by 1,2,*, 1,2, 2 and 1,2,3
Cyril & Dorothy, Joel & Jill Reitman Centre for Alzheimer’s Support and Training, Mount Sinai Hospital, Sinai Health, Toronto, ON M5T 3L9, Canada
Department of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Hospital, Sinai Health System, Toronto, ON M5G 1X5, Canada
Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5T 1R8, Canada
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Academic Editor: Bettina Heike Bewernick
Psych 2021, 3(4), 552-561;
Received: 23 May 2021 / Revised: 30 August 2021 / Accepted: 19 September 2021 / Published: 25 September 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Prominent Papers in Psych- 2021-2023!)
Objectives: Family and other informal caregivers of individuals with dementia can be at increased risk for a significant decline in wellbeing or their ability to continue to provide care. There is extensive literature on the multifactorial elements contributing to risk, but frontline practitioners may be uncertain how to apply their knowledge of risk to an assessment of individual caregivers during clinical encounters. We developed a new one-page guided interview tool (the Dementia Caregiver Interview Guide, or DCIG) to guide practitioners to: (1) systematically assess known factors associated with high caregiver risk in a clinical interview format and (2) concisely document their judgement regarding risk of decompensation arising from caregiver stress. This semi-structured interview format collects detailed information while promoting a collaborative communication process. This study evaluated the validity of risk-assessment using the DCIG. Methods: A convenience sample of 50 caregivers was recruited during routine intake at the Reitman Centre at Sinai Health in Toronto, Canada. Risk was assessed using both the DCIG and the Caregiver Risk Screen (CRS). Total scores on the two tools were compared to establish concurrent and discriminant validity for the DCIG. Results: The DCIG correlated positively with the CRS (Spearman’s rho = 0.737; p < 0.001) and identified caregivers at risk at a moderate level of agreement with the CRS (Cohen’s Kappa = 0.559). Conclusions: The DCIG allows clinicians to efficiently identify caregivers’ level of risk for functional and emotional decline or decompensation in a client-centered, naturalistic manner. View Full-Text
Keywords: dementia; caregivers; risk factors dementia; caregivers; risk factors
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Feldman, R.; Chiu, M.; Lawson, A.; Sadavoy, J. Evaluating Caregiver Risk: The Dementia Caregiver Interview Guide. Psych 2021, 3, 552-561.

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Feldman R, Chiu M, Lawson A, Sadavoy J. Evaluating Caregiver Risk: The Dementia Caregiver Interview Guide. Psych. 2021; 3(4):552-561.

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Feldman, Rhonda, Mary Chiu, Andrea Lawson, and Joel Sadavoy. 2021. "Evaluating Caregiver Risk: The Dementia Caregiver Interview Guide" Psych 3, no. 4: 552-561.

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