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2007 Grant - Schulz
Measuring Suffering in Persons With Alzheimer's Disease
Richard Schulz, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh
2007 Investigator-Initiated Research Grant
A better understanding of the degree of suffering in people with Alzheimer's disease and the subsequent impact on caregivers may provide new opportunities for intervention and treatment.
Richard Schulz, Ph.D., and colleagues have postulated that suffering is a measurable and unique feature of the experience of people with Alzheimer's disease and that this suffering independently contributes to caregiver health and well-being.
The goal of this study is to (1) measure multiple types of suffering from the perspectives of people with the disease and caregivers, (2) assess the correlation between these two sets of perceptions, (3) identify predictors of suffering and (4) assess the relation between the suffering of people with the disease and caregiver depression and burden.
They will assess the value of tools to measure suffering and develop models for predicting suffering and determining its impact on caregivers. This work may contribute to better intervention strategies that aim to alleviate suffering among people with dementia.