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Keywords:

  • burden;
  • caregiver;
  • home care;
  • Japan;
  • long-term care;
  • quality

Abstract

This review outlines the findings of 22 studies conducted between 1997 and 2005 by Arai and 19 collaborators regarding caregiver burden and assessment of quality of home care for the elderly. The published research covers the following: cross-sectional studies on caregiver burden; changes in caregiver burden; appropriateness of the Long-Term Care insurance assessment scheme; attitudes towards caregiving among caregivers; the development of the short Japanese version of the Zarit Caregiver Burden Interview (J-ZBI_8); and the effectiveness of service use in reducing caregiver burden and development of a Home Care Quality Assessment Index (HCQAI).