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Caregiver Burden Scale (CGBS)
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Exploratory: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Short Description of Instrument
The Caregiver's Burden Scale (CGBS) is a 22-item scale that assesses subjectively experienced burden by caregiver's to chronically disabled persons. The instrument comprises five factors: general strain, isolation, disappointment, emotional involvement and environment. The caregiver is asked to tick one of the four boxes (not at all, seldom, sometimes, often) score 1 to 4 for each question.
A mean value is calculated for each factor including the following items:
General strain: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 14, and 19
Isolation: 8, 12, and 22
Disappointment: 2, 13, 18, 20, and 21
Emotional involvement: 6, 11, and 16
Environment: 9, 15, and 17
ElmstÅhl S, Malmberg B, Annerstedt L. Caregivers burden of patients 3 years after stroke assessed by a novel Caregiver Burden Scale. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 1996; 77: 177-182.


Document last updated July 2018