Assessment Tools for the Elderly - Assessment Summary Sheet
Test: Caregiver Burden Inventory (CBI)
Assessment Tool Category: Caregiving
Variations/Translations: Slightly modified version by
Caserta, Lund, & Wright (1996). Also, a Chinese version by
Chou et al., 2002.
Method of Delivery: Questionnaire. Can be
self-administered or administered by researcher.
Description: 24-item multi-dimensional questionnaire
measuring caregiver burden with 5 subscales: (a) Time Dependence;
(b) Developmental; (c) Behaviour; (d) Physical Burden; (e) Social
Burden; (f) Emotional Burden. Scores for each item are evaluated
using a 5-point Likert scale ranging from 0 (not at all
disruptive) to 4 (very disruptive).
Scoring/Interpretation: All of the scores on the 24-item
scale are summed and a total score >36 indicates a risk of
“burning out” whereas scores near or slightly above 24
indicate a need to seek some form of respite care.
Time to Administer: Approximately 10-15 minutes
Availability: Self-administered test available online
Validity (Quantitative): All 5-factors explained 66% of
the variance. Each individual factor explained 9%-12% of the
Reliability (Quantitative): Internal consistency
reliability of each factor 0.85, 0.85, 0.86, 0.73, and 0.77,
Caserta, M. S., Lund, D. A., & Wright, S. D. (1996).
Exploring the Caregiver Burden Inventory (CBI): Further evidence
for a multidimensional view of burden. International Journal of
Aging and Human Development, 43(1), 21-34.
Chou, K. R., Jiann-Chyun, L., & Chu, H. (2002). The
reliability and validity of the Chinese version of the Caregiver
Burden Inventory. Nursing Research, 51(5), 324-331.
Novak, M. & Guest, C. I. (1989). Application of a
multidimensional Care-giver Burden Inventory. Gerontologist,