Patient's Loss of Empathy Is Associated With Caregiver Burden

Massimiliano Pomponi, Lucia Ricciardi, Giuseppe La Torre, Domenico Fusco, Bruno Morabito, Diego Ricciardi, Annamaria Di Gioia, Roberto Bernabei, Anna Rita Bentivoglio

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Patients benefit from the presence of empathic caregivers (CGs). In this regard, empathy toward the patient is one of the clinical targets for improving patient outcomes. However, relatively little is known about the impact of patients' empathic responses on the CGs' burden. Among people living with Parkinson's disease (PwP), care partners play a major role. This study involved 28 spouse-patient couples. Empathy, stress burden, and mood disorders (such as anxiety and depression) were assessed over a 6-month period, before and after the reported intervention. Our observation points out that the improvement of patient empathy is necessary for a significant burden reduction among spouses caring for PwP.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)717-722
Numero di pagine6
RivistaJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2016


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