Caregivers Receive Battery of Assessments

Caregivers in the support program at the Aging & Dementia Research Center (ADRC) at New York University Medical Center in New York City are thoroughly evaluated, says Mary S. Mittelman, DrPH, associate professor at the medical center. Each caregiver takes a battery of tests from a variety of resources:

o Caregiver Questionnaire [ADRC].

o Caregiver Physical Health Questionnaire [Duke University Center for the Study of Aging & Human Development (CSAHD) OARS functional assessment, Durham, NC].

o Patient Physical Health Questionnaire [Duke University CSAHD].

o Social Network List, including Satisfaction Scale [Stokes JP. Predicting satisfaction with social support from social network structure. Am J Comm Pysch 1983; 35:152-156].

o Family cohesion section of Family Adaptabil-ity and Cohesion Evaluation Scale (Faces III) [Olson DH, Portner J, Lavee Y. "Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scales III." In: Fredman N, Sherman R, eds. Handbook of Measurements for Marriage and Family Therapy. New York: Brunner/Mazel; 1987, pp. 181-184].

o Short Psychiatric Evaluation Scale [Pfeiffer E. A short psychiatric evaluation scale: A new 15-item monotonic scale indicative of functional disorder. In proceedings, Bayer-Symposium VII, Brain Function in Old Age. New York: Springer-Verlag; 1979].

o Affective Rating Scale [Yesavage JA, Brink TL, Rose TL, Adey M. "The Geriatric Depres-sion Rating Scale: Comparison with Other Self-report and Psychiatric Rating Scales." In: Crook T, Ferris SH, Bartus R, eds. Assessment in Geriatric Psychopharmacology. New Canaan: Mark Powley Associates; 1983, pp. 153-165].

o The Burden Interview [Zarit SH, Orr NK, and Zarit JM. "The Burden Interview." In: Families Under Stress: Caring for the Patient with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders. New York: New York University Press; 1985].

o Memory and Behavior Problems Checklist [same source as above].

o Caregiver Home Evaluation [ADRC].

o NEO Personality Inventory [Costa PT, McCrae RR. The NEO Personality Inventory Manual, Odessa, FL: Psychological Assessment Resources; 1985, pp. 1-43].