Unmet needs have been demonstrated to adversely impact quality of life in patients diagnosed with a chronic disease. Additionally, co-morbid depression is a concern for approximately one third of people with dementia. Carers also report high rates of depression and may be under-treated due to prioritisation of the health care needs of the person with dementia.
This study aims to explore:
1) the natural history of unmet needs and depression among people with dementia and their caregivers;
2) factors associated with higher unmet needs and greater levels of depression among people with dementia and their caregivers.
Participants from study 1.1 have been invited to complete a follow-up survey 6 months after completion of their initial survey. 23 people with dementia, and 51 carers of people with dementia have completed a follow-up survey thus far.
Continue follow-up data collection until target sample reached (n=75 people with dementia, n=100 carers of people with dementia).