A simple function-based scale for practitioners to assess the patient- caregiver dyad

Mel P. Daly, Lisa Fredman

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Abstract

The more caregivers are involved in caregiving, the more likely they are to experience adverse consequences that may endanger the patient-caregiver dyad. The Patient-Caregiver Functional Unit Scale (PCFUS) measures the stability of the patient-caregiver dyad. Patient dependence in each of 14 ADLs/IADLs and caregiver emotional and/or physical difficulty assisting with each of the ADLs/IADLs is simultaneously assessed. The scale is a reliable and valid instrument and can be used in multiple settings for both clinical and research purposes. The PCFUS also can be used to quantify the stability of the patient-caregiver dyad and can be measured prospectively over time to study change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-53
Number of pages9
JournalTopics in Geriatric Rehabilitation
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Activities of daily living
  • Caregivers
  • Mental health
  • Physical health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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