Caregivers' perceptions of the therapeutic benefits of drug treatments for dementia

Carlotta Franchi, Francesca Arosio, Codjo Djignefa Djade, Gabriella Salvini Porro, Alessandro Nobili

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Background and aims: To collect opinions, perceptions, and expectations on the therapeutic benefits of drug treatment for dementia and the impact on the care of the patient in a large sample of caregivers. Only few studies deal with this topic in a small number of participants. Methods: This used an ad-hoc online questionnaire to collect the opinions of caregivers of patients with dementia and assess their expectations and perceptions of the therapeutic benefits of drug treatments. The questionnaire was accessible for nearly 4 months on the Federazione Alzheimer Italia website and had three sections: (1) information on the patient with dementia; (2) information on the caregiver's perception of the therapeutic benefits of drug treatments; (3) information on caregivers. To evaluate the relationship between the caregiver's expectations of the therapeutic benefits of dementia treatments and some characteristics of the patients and the caregivers, we used the Chi-square test. Results: During the access time, 439 questionnaires were filled, and 369 were validated for inclusion in the analysis; of these, 329 also had information on caregivers. The expectations of drug treatment effects were not statistically significantly influenced by any variables considered about the patients or the caregivers. Caregivers' beliefs about the effectiveness of dementia treatment, their expectations and changes in their lives were clear. Conclusions: This study addresses a gap in knowledge about caregivers' experiences and their views of drug treatments, and highlights the need for a pharmaceutical treatment that helps to resolve the symptoms and outcomes of dementia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)677-683
Number of pages7
JournalAging clinical and experimental research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


  • Caregivers
  • Changes of caregivers' lives
  • Cholinesterase inhibitors
  • Dementia
  • Perception of therapeutic effects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ageing
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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