Caregiving in the Rural South: How Caregivers of Heart Failure Patients Make Decisions about their Personal Health

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/148537
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Presentation
Title:
Caregiving in the Rural South: How Caregivers of Heart Failure Patients Make Decisions about their Personal Health
Abstract:
Caregiving in the Rural South: How Caregivers of Heart Failure Patients Make Decisions about their Personal Health
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:Sanford, Julie T., DNS, RN
P.I. Institution Name:University of South Alabama
Title:Associate Professor of Nursing
Co-Authors:Judith Townsend Rocchiccioli, PhD, RN; Patricia Hall, PhD, CRNP
[Clinical session research presentation] Rural caregivers face great challenges in caring for their family members. Rural communities offer fewer physicians, nurse practitioners, and hospitals from which to seek care. Home care agencies are often smaller and provide fewer services than their urban equivalents often impacting the adequacy of care. Economic barriers prevent rural residents from receiving adequate healthcare. Rural residents have relatively high rates of chronic disease and are less likely to have health insurance coverage (United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, 2006). The relationship between caregiver burden, stress, and diminished physical health outcomes has been supported by findings in the literature. To date, there are few studies that examine how caregivers of patients with HF make decisions about their personal health.  This gap is significant based on the projected numbers of elders and the cost and incidence of HF. Heart failure is increasing in prevalence in the United States (Peacock, 2006). Five million Americans have the disease with more than 500,000 new patients diagnosed each year (Peacock, 2006).  In the South, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death (CDC, 2005).  The purpose of this study was to describe decision-making by caregivers of patients with HF regarding their personal health.  IRB approval was obtained.  Purposive sampling was used to select 20 rural caregivers of patients with HF (5 from each stage of HF classification) (Hunt et al., 2005). Caregivers were interviewed either individually or in focus groups of up to five participants, depending on their preference and availability. Data were analyzed using grounded theory and revealed a process of decision making and patterns of decision-making regarding the caregiver's health. To assist caregivers in making decisions about their personal health, nurses must understand how such decisions are made.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.titleCaregiving in the Rural South: How Caregivers of Heart Failure Patients Make Decisions about their Personal Healthen_GB
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dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Caregiving in the Rural South: How Caregivers of Heart Failure Patients Make Decisions about their Personal Health</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Sanford, Julie T., DNS, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of South Alabama</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">jsanford@usouthal.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Judith Townsend Rocchiccioli, PhD, RN; Patricia Hall, PhD, CRNP</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Clinical session research presentation] Rural caregivers face great challenges in caring for their family members. Rural communities offer fewer physicians, nurse practitioners, and hospitals from which to seek care.&nbsp;Home care agencies are often smaller and provide fewer services than their urban equivalents often impacting the adequacy of care. Economic barriers prevent rural residents from receiving adequate healthcare.&nbsp;Rural residents have relatively high rates of chronic disease and are less likely to have health insurance coverage (United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, 2006).&nbsp;The relationship between caregiver burden, stress, and diminished physical health outcomes has been supported by findings in the literature. To date, there are few studies that examine how caregivers of patients with HF make decisions about their personal health.&nbsp; This gap is significant based on the projected numbers of elders and the cost and incidence of HF. Heart failure is increasing in prevalence in the United States (Peacock, 2006).&nbsp;Five million Americans have the disease with more than 500,000 new patients diagnosed each year (Peacock, 2006).&nbsp; In the South, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death (CDC, 2005).&nbsp; The purpose of this study was to describe decision-making by caregivers of patients with HF regarding their personal health.&nbsp; IRB approval was obtained.&nbsp; Purposive sampling was used to select 20 rural caregivers of patients with HF (5 from each stage of HF classification) (Hunt et al., 2005). Caregivers were interviewed either individually or in focus groups of up to five participants, depending on their preference and availability.&nbsp;Data were analyzed using grounded theory and revealed a process of decision making and patterns of decision-making regarding the caregiver's health.&nbsp;To assist caregivers in making decisions about their personal health, nurses must understand how such decisions are made.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T09:46:38Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T09:46:38Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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