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Clínica y Salud

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VARA-GARCIA, Carlos et al. Associations of knowledge about Alzheimer's disease, dysfunctional cognition, and coping with caregiver's blood pressure. Clínica y Salud [online]. 2021, vol.32, n.2, pp.79-87.  Epub June 14, 2021. ISSN 2174-0550.

Dysfunctional ways of thinking and coping with caregiving have been associated with worse caregivers' cardiovascular health. The objective of this study is to analyze the associations between caregivers' knowledge about Alzheimer's disease, dysfunctional thoughts, experiential avoidance, and blood pressure. Participants were 123 family caregivers of a relative with dementia. Path analysis was used to analyze the association between the assessed variables. The obtained model shows that there is a significant and negative relationship between caregivers' knowledge about Alzheimer's disease and systolic blood pressure, potentially mediated by caregivers' dysfunctional thoughts and experiential avoidance. The findings of this study provide support to the idea that a lack of knowledge about Alzheimer's disease may contribute to maladaptive ways of thinking about caregiving, increasing caregivers' cardiovascular risk.

Keywords : Alzhiemer's disease knowledge; Blood pressure; Caregiving; Dysfunctional thoughts; Experiential avoidance.

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