Objective: Caregiver burden and depression are associated with caring for individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD), but little is known about what specific patient-related variables are associated with these caregiver issues. To address this gap in knowledge, the present study examined the association among caregiver burden and depression symptoms, and PD patients’ magnitude of global cognitive functioning, motor symptoms, and psychiatric symptoms. Method: A convenience sample of 139 PD patients and their caregivers were examined. Two separate multiple regression analyses were conducted with caregiver burden (Caregiver Burden Scale) and caregiver depression symptoms (Geriatric Depression Scale) as the dependent variables, and PD patients’ global cognitive functioning (Mattis Dementia Rating Scale), motor symptoms (Part 3 of the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale), and psychiatric symptoms (Neuropsychiatric Inventory) as independent variables. Results: Caregiver burden and caregiver depression symptoms were significantly associated (r = 0.52, p < 0.001). Regressions found that caregiver burden was significantly...

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