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MONTALVO PRIETO, AMPARO ASTRID. Care of patients with Alzheimer and their skills in caring, in the city of Cartagena. av.enferm. [online]. 2007, vol.25, n.2, pp.90-100. ISSN 0121-4500.

The study established the characteristics and the skills in caring for an Alzheimer's patient, by the main family care provider in Cartagena. We carried out a descriptive quantitative study of 84 care providers for Alzheimer patients, in Cartagena and neighboring towns, of different gender and social level, who came to the hospital institution, i.e. the "Fundación Instituto de Rehabilitación del Epiléptico (FIRE)". The instruments used was care ability index or, "Inventario de la habilidad de cuidado (CAI)" by Ngozi Nkongho, whose reliability was validated in its Spanish version, which enable us to measure the degree of knowledge, the value and patience in skilled care of family care providers, and the characterizing them as per the survey characteristics of care providers, i.e. "Caracterización de los cuidadores". The finding confirmed the thesis of the literature regarding the similarities present among care providers in as far as gender, age, family ties and low skill level of those family providers in terms of knowledge, the worth and the patience when caring for patients with Alzheimer diseases. The results suggest the need to strengthen family care providers in terms of skilled care in three dimensions, thru the conformation of support groups.

Palavras-chave : Caregivers; Alzheimer disease; Patient care management.

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