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Zarit Caregiver Burden Scale
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Exploratory: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Short Description of Instrument

The Zarit Caregiver Burden Scale is a 29-item scale specifically designed to measure feelings of burden experienced by the caregivers of elderly persons with dementia. Caregivers are asked to respond to questions about the impact of the patients disabilities on their life.
This can be completed by the caregivers themselves or as part of an interview.


The Zarit Caregiver Burden Scale is scored on a 5-point sliding scale with scores on items summed for the total scores. Items 14, 16, 20 and 29 are reverse-scored and subtracted from the total.

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Lai DWL. Validation of the Zarit Burden Interview for Chinese Canadian caregivers. Social Work Research, 2007;31, 45-53.