Factors related to cognitive reserve among caregivers of severe acquired brain injury

Caterina Formica, Annalisa La Face, Viviana Lo Buono, Marcella Di Cara, Katia Micchìa, Lilla Bonanno, Anna Lisa Logiudice, Antonino Todaro, Rosanna Palmeri, Placido Bramanti, Silvia Marino, Francesco Corallo

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Stroke is one of the severe cause of motor and cognitive disabilities. These type of disabilities occurred a strong impact on whole family system. Caregiver burden may determine in relatives of patients with brain injury a decreasement of mental and physical health. The present study aims to better clarify the mechanism through which chronic stress influence caregivers’ cognitive functioning and how the psychological and cognitive resources may represent as a predictive factor. Caregivers were submitted to neuropsychological tests that evaluated level of mental health ad level of burden. Our results showed a significant correlation between cognitive reserve and self-efficacy skills in health care of patients. Findings suggested that the caregiver burden and the level of general distress influenced the cognitive performance. An improvement of cognitive functions is associated with a reduction of self-efficacy skills, causing a caregiver burden improvement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-97
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020


  • Brain injury
  • Caregiver burden
  • Cognitive reserve
  • Healthcare
  • Psychological distress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Physiology (medical)


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