Health Care Needs of Caregivers: Implications for Partnerships in the Community

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/149373
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Presentation
Title:
Health Care Needs of Caregivers: Implications for Partnerships in the Community
Abstract:
Health Care Needs of Caregivers: Implications for Partnerships in the Community
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2001
Conference Date:November 10 - 14, 2001
Author:DeNatale, Mary
P.I. Institution Name:University of San Francisco
Introduction: Research findings have demonstrated that caregivers who provide care for chronically ill individuals may experience changes in their physical health and psychological well-being. Many of the problems and illnesses experienced by caregivers have the potential to be prevented or controlled. This has important implications for elderly caregivers who assume the primary responsibility for providing assistance in activities of daily living and illness management in the home for their family members or significant others. Purpose: The purpose of this research was to describe the health behaviors and social support needs of caregivers and identify the coping strategies that may influence health outcomes. The specific objectives are to: (1) identify healthy behaviors; (2) assess social support needs associated with caregiver demands; and (3) describe the coping strategies associated with healthy protective behaviors. Significance: Elderly caregivers are vulnerable and at potential risk for health challenges and issues regarding access to quality health services. According to Healthy People 2010, individuals of all ages need support to increase life expectancy and improve the quality of life. Research concerning caregivers is essential to examine strategies utilized by these individuals to maintain positive health outcomes and access to health services. Educational and community-based programs need to support patient education and communication with health care providers. Methods: Thirty-four Interviews and questionnaire data were obtained through community service agencies in northern California. Questions focused on a demographic profile, health behaviors, and coping and social support as they are derived for recommendations of Healthy People 2000 and 2010. Results: Analyses include descriptive data, qualitative, and quantitative statistics. The caregivers’ strategies were categorized according to primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. In addition, individual and group responses were analyzed for common themes and exemplars. Implications: The education of caregivers and creating a cycle of care in the community can be supported though a better understanding regarding: (1) caregiver role and adjustments; (2) community services; (3) communication skills, and (4) respite.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
10-Nov-2001
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleHealth Care Needs of Caregivers: Implications for Partnerships in the Communityen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/149373-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Health Care Needs of Caregivers: Implications for Partnerships in the Community</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">2001</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">November 10 - 14, 2001</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">DeNatale, Mary</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of San Francisco</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">denatalem@usfca.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Introduction: Research findings have demonstrated that caregivers who provide care for chronically ill individuals may experience changes in their physical health and psychological well-being. Many of the problems and illnesses experienced by caregivers have the potential to be prevented or controlled. This has important implications for elderly caregivers who assume the primary responsibility for providing assistance in activities of daily living and illness management in the home for their family members or significant others. Purpose: The purpose of this research was to describe the health behaviors and social support needs of caregivers and identify the coping strategies that may influence health outcomes. The specific objectives are to: (1) identify healthy behaviors; (2) assess social support needs associated with caregiver demands; and (3) describe the coping strategies associated with healthy protective behaviors. Significance: Elderly caregivers are vulnerable and at potential risk for health challenges and issues regarding access to quality health services. According to Healthy People 2010, individuals of all ages need support to increase life expectancy and improve the quality of life. Research concerning caregivers is essential to examine strategies utilized by these individuals to maintain positive health outcomes and access to health services. Educational and community-based programs need to support patient education and communication with health care providers. Methods: Thirty-four Interviews and questionnaire data were obtained through community service agencies in northern California. Questions focused on a demographic profile, health behaviors, and coping and social support as they are derived for recommendations of Healthy People 2000 and 2010. Results: Analyses include descriptive data, qualitative, and quantitative statistics. The caregivers&rsquo; strategies were categorized according to primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. In addition, individual and group responses were analyzed for common themes and exemplars. Implications: The education of caregivers and creating a cycle of care in the community can be supported though a better understanding regarding: (1) caregiver role and adjustments; (2) community services; (3) communication skills, and (4) respite.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:01:07Z-
dc.date.issued2001-11-10en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:01:07Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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