TitleThe Mood Disorder Burden Index: a scale for assessing the burden of caregivers to adults with unipolar or bipolar disorder.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsMartire, LM, Hinrichsen, GA, Morse, JQ, Reynolds, CF, Gildengers, AG, Mulsant, BH, Schulz, R, Frank, E, Kupfer, DJ
JournalPsychiatry Res
Date Published2009 Jun 30
KeywordsAdult, Age Factors, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Bipolar Disorder, Caregivers, Depressive Disorder, Major, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Factor Analysis, Statistical, Family, Female, Humans, Interpersonal Relations, Male, Middle Aged, Personal Satisfaction, Personality Inventory, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Psychometrics, Reproducibility of Results, Reward, Surveys and Questionnaires

<p>We present a brief measure of caregiver burden, the Mood Disorder Burden Index (MDBI), for use with family members and close friends of adults with major depressive disorder (MDD) or bipolar disorder (BD). The MDBI assesses burden in three core domains (patients' mood symptoms, caregivers' worry about the future, and caregivers' interpersonal difficulties with the patient) and includes an optional module that assesses caregiver burden associated with patients' pharmacotherapy or psychotherapy. The MDBI was administered to caregivers of older individuals (i.e., 58 years and older) with MDD (n=123) or BD (n=38) who were receiving treatment through a research study. Analyses indicated evidence of convergent and discriminant validity of the new measure well as internal consistency within both caregiver groups. It will be important for future research to administer the MDBI to caregivers of middle-aged and older patients as well as those receiving treatment through inpatient settings or community outpatient clinics.</p>

Alternate JournalPsychiatry Res
PubMed ID19427705
PubMed Central IDPMC2727157
Grant ListP30 MH030915 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
K01 MH065547-03 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
P30 MH071944 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
K01 MH065547 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
R01 MH37869 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
R01 MH037869 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
P30 MH030915-26 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
K01 065547 / / PHS HHS / United States
R01 MH037869-25 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
K01 MH065547-01A1 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
P30 MH71944 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
P30 MH071944-05 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States