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Revista Cubana de Enfermería

Print version ISSN 0864-0319On-line version ISSN 1561-2961


LLUCH BONET, Adalberto; MORALES LOPEZ, Alfredo; CABRERA ADAN, Maritza  and  BETANCOURT NAVARRO, Maritza. Predictable factors in physical and psychosocial health of crucial carer of elderly presenting with dementia at home. Rev Cubana Enfermer [online]. 2010, vol.26, n.2. ISSN 0864-0319.

For some authors the crucial carer is a ¨hidden¨ or ¨unknown¨ patient in whom it is necessary an early diagnosis of his disease and also of a proper and immediate intervention, To characterize the correlationship between multiple factors that may to influence in the health crucial carer of elderly presenting with dementia at home, a cross-sectional and descriptive study was conducted in 116 carers from the ¨Finaly¨ health area of Camaguey municipality between July, 2006 and December, 2008. As result there were significant values in the correlationships carried out and also an inappropriate training of 78,1%, a lack of a substitute carer in the 81,6% with a relation to the time as carer and the overload level present in the 75,8% of cases. These results allowed us to propose preliminary recommendations to maintain or to restore the factors protecting the physical, psychological and social health of crucial carers and its repercussion on the care and management of elderly presenting with dementia at home.

Keywords : carer; elderly; predictable factors; health; dementia.

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