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[Short Zarit scale in palliative care].

Medicina Clínica 124(17):651 (2005) PMID 15882512

We aimed to reduce the Zarit scale (ZS) for the assessment of caregiver burden in palliative care. ZS was performed in 61 caregivers of palliative care patients admitted to hospital. The field explored by each item was decided by an expert committee and a logistic regression and ROC curve were performed. ZS reduction to 7 items was achieved with a sensitivity and specificity of 100%. A reduced Zarit scale is useful to identify caregiver burden in palliative care. It is also easy to use.