The ZBI is one of the most widely used instruments for assessing the burden experienced by the caregivers of older persons with dementia and disabled persons.
Mapi Research Trust, the leading curator and license distributor of Clinical Outcome Assessments (COAs) and Mapi Language Services, the most trusted provider of linguistic validation, today announced the launch of a new, redesigned version of a website focused on the Zarit Burden Interview (ZBI) Questionnaire.
The ZBI was published in the early 80’s by Dr Steven Zarit and can be used for screening caregivers to identifying those people at higher risk, comparing burden in different groups or populations, and for planning or evaluating the outcomes of treatment. Initially developed for caregivers of persons with dementia, the ZBI has since then been widely used with a large variety of other disorders including stroke, cancer, chronic mental illness, and for parents of children with severe physical or mental health problems.
Mapi Research Trust and Mapi Language Services have partnered with Dr. Zarit to be the exclusive licensor, distributor and translator of the ZBI and all its derivatives including translations and electronic versions. “Mapi Language Services has already produced over 90 translations of the ZBI easily available through our online ePROVIDE platform” said Katrin Conway, Managing Director of the Mapi Research Trust.
Of note, the ZBI is also at the heart of a poster developed with Dr Zarit titled “Translation of the Zarit Burden Interview 22 items (ZBI-22) into 95 languages: challenges and importance of the conceptual definition of the original version”
“I have been thoroughly pleased with the professionalism with which the Mapi Group has handled every aspect of managing the measure that I have developed. There is a commitment by Mapi staff in conducting all their activities the right way. My measure has had far wider distribution that would have been possible had I managed it myself” said Dr. Zarit.
For any request about or to view the ZBI description, please consult http://mapi-trust.org/questionnaires/zbi/
About Dr. Steven H. Zarit
Dr. Zarit is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the Pennsylvania State University with an adjunct appointment at the Institute of Gerontology at Jönköping University in Sweden. Dr. Zarit received his PhD from the Committee on Human Development at the University of Chicago, with emphases in adult development and aging and clinical psychology. He is a pioneer in the study of family caregivers. Beginning in the later 1970s, he has built an extensive research program on family caregiving, including one of the first trials of a psychosocial intervention for caregivers of persons with dementia. In recent years he has explored divergent approaches to reduce stress and burden on caregivers. Dr. Zarit has published over 300 articles and chapters as well as several books.
Please read Dr. Zarit’s blog: The Gift of Aging: The Baby Boomer’s Guide to Midlife and Beyond