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Keywords:

  • Alzheimer's disease;
  • burnout;
  • caregivers' burden;
  • dementia;
  • person-centred care

This study described the impact of adopting person-centred care approach for people with Alzheimer's disease on professional caregivers' burden. The participants were subjected to a 4-week structured training programme about person-centred care. The programme's effectiveness was proven by using the Global Behavior Scale. Then a qualitative descriptive phenomenological approach was used to explore the impact of applying this programme on professional caregivers' burden. Data were collected from a sample of 10 professional caregivers using semi-structured interviews. A total of three themes were identified: acceptance of disease-related behaviours of people with Alzheimer's, therapeutic understanding of people with Alzheimer's feelings (empathy) and enhanced caregivers' adaptation to people with Alzheimer's demands (resiliency). Findings suggested that adopting person-centred care approach for people with Alzheimer's disease reduces professional caregivers' burden.