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      Impacto da Anosognosia Associada à Demência de Alzheimer na Qualidade de Vida de Cuidadores Translated title: Impacto de Anosognosia asociada a la demencia de Alzheimer en la calidad de vida de cuidadores Translated title: Impact of Alzheimer's disease related anosognosia in caregivers' quality of life

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          A Demência de Alzheimer (DA) apresenta como um dos sintomas a anosognosia, um prejuízo na capacidade de o indivíduo julgar alterações decorrentes da doença. Relaciona-se a diversos comprometimentos cognitivo/comportamentais e é apontada como tendo significativo impacto sobre a qualidade de vida (QV) dos cuidadores. Avaliamos o impacto da anosognosia relacionada à DA sobre QV de cuidadores. Foram avaliados 50 pares paciente-cuidador com Exame Cognitivo de Addenbrooke, Questionário de Demência Ampliado e Escala de QV na DA. Observamos que cuidadores de pacientes com sinais de anosognosia apresentavam menores escores de QV, sendo que pacientes com sinais de anosognosia apresentam pior desempenho cognitivo. Escores de anosognosia e QV apresentaram correlação negativa, enquanto QV e quadro cognitivo apresentou correlação positiva. Controlando o funcionamento cognitivo, observamos que a anosognosia apresenta maior impacto na QV em indivíduos com quadro cognitivo mais grave.

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          Anosognosia es uno de los síntomas de la demencia de Alzheimer (AD), y se considera que tiene un impacto significativo en la calidad de vida (QOL) de los cuidadores. Evaluamos el impacto de la anosognosia relacionada con AD en los cuidadores de calidad de vida. Hubo 50 pares paciente y su cuidador con el examen cognitivo de Addenbrooke, Cuestionario Ampliado de y Escala de calidad de vida. Hemos observado que los cuidadores de pacientes con signos anosognosia tenían menores puntuaciones de calidad de vida con los pacientes con peor rendimiento cognitivo. Anosognosia y la calidad de vida mostraron una correlación de negativa, mientras que la calidad de vida y el marco cognitivo presentaron correlación positiva. Controlando el funcionamiento cognitivo, observamos que la anosognosia tiene mayor impacto en la calidad de vida en pacientes con marco cognitivo más severo.

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          Alzheimer's disease (AD) has anosognosia as one of its symptoms, defined as a change in the individual's ability to judge their difficulties, and is observed as having a significant impact on quality of life of caregivers. This study evaluated the impact of anosognosia related to AD in quality of life (QoL) of caregivers. Fifty AD patients were evaluated through the Addenbrooke's Cognitive Examination, Dementia Questionnaire - expanded, while caregivers were evaluated using the Scale of QoL in AD and Dementia Questionnaire (caregiver versions). We observed that caregivers of patients with signs of anosognosia had lower scores on QoL and these patients had worse cognitive scores. Anosognosia and QoL were negatively correlated, as QoL and cognitive functioning. Controlling for cognitive functioning, we observed that anosognosia has a greater impact on QoL in individuals with more severe cognitive impairments.

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                Estudos de Psicologia (Natal)
                Estud. psicol. (Natal)
                Programa de Pós-graduação em Psicologia e do Programa de Pós-graduação em Psicobiologia, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (Natal, RN, Brazil )
                September 2018
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                orgnameUniversidade de Brasília
                orgnameUniversidade Federal de Goiás
                orgnameRede SARAH de Hospitais de Reabilitação
                orgnameCorpo de Bombeiros Militar do Distrito Federal

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