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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/157871
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Primary Support for Persons who are Visually Impaired: A Pilot Study
Abstract:
Primary Support for Persons who are Visually Impaired: A Pilot Study
Conference Sponsor:Western Institute of Nursing
Conference Year:2006
Author:Silva-Smith, Amy, PhD, APRN, BC, ANP
P.I. Institution Name:University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Title:Assistant Professor, Coordinator-NP Program
Contact Address:College of Nursing & Health Sciences, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway; PO Box 7150, Colorado Springs, CO, 80933-7150, USA
Contact Telephone:719-262-4490
Co-Authors:Thomas W. Theune, OD
Purpose: The purpose of this pilot study is to describe the helping activities, time spent in those activities, demographics, and reaction to providing support in a sample of primary support persons to individuals who are visually impaired. Background: Ten million people in the United States are either blind or visually impaired according to statistics from the American Foundation of the Blind (2005). Healthy People 2010 has cited the major public health concerns associated with visual impairment and blindness resulting from glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts. People who are visually impaired usually require assistance with some aspects of day-to-day living. Despite the prevalence of visual impairment, few studies have examined the experiences of the primary support persons. Method: To begin addressing these areas, a pilot study was conducted in a large metropolitan area in the southwest. Participants were 26 adults who self-identified as the primary support person to a visually impaired individual. Data was comprised of the Caregiver Reaction Assessment (CRA), a log of helping activities and time spent per week in those activities, and demographic data specific to the primary support person.
Results: Results include evaluation of the use of the CRA for a new population of caregivers and findings related to specific helping activities and the time commitments associated with them. Implications: Understanding the experience of primary support persons of the visually impaired will help health professionals match services and resources. The types of helping activities reported in this study suggest policy implications which will be described. Plans for a future, larger study of this population will be presented. Funding: This study was supported by a New Investigator Award from the Beth-El College of Nursing at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Western Institute of Nursing

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titlePrimary Support for Persons who are Visually Impaired: A Pilot Studyen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/157871-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Primary Support for Persons who are Visually Impaired: A Pilot Study</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Western Institute of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2006</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Silva-Smith, Amy, PhD, APRN, BC, ANP</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Colorado at Colorado Springs</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor, Coordinator-NP Program</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">College of Nursing &amp; Health Sciences, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway; PO Box 7150, Colorado Springs, CO, 80933-7150, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">719-262-4490</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">asilvasm@uccs.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Thomas W. Theune, OD</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Purpose: The purpose of this pilot study is to describe the helping activities, time spent in those activities, demographics, and reaction to providing support in a sample of primary support persons to individuals who are visually impaired. Background: Ten million people in the United States are either blind or visually impaired according to statistics from the American Foundation of the Blind (2005). Healthy People 2010 has cited the major public health concerns associated with visual impairment and blindness resulting from glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts. People who are visually impaired usually require assistance with some aspects of day-to-day living. Despite the prevalence of visual impairment, few studies have examined the experiences of the primary support persons. Method: To begin addressing these areas, a pilot study was conducted in a large metropolitan area in the southwest. Participants were 26 adults who self-identified as the primary support person to a visually impaired individual. Data was comprised of the Caregiver Reaction Assessment (CRA), a log of helping activities and time spent per week in those activities, and demographic data specific to the primary support person.<br/>Results: Results include evaluation of the use of the CRA for a new population of caregivers and findings related to specific helping activities and the time commitments associated with them. Implications: Understanding the experience of primary support persons of the visually impaired will help health professionals match services and resources. The types of helping activities reported in this study suggest policy implications which will be described. Plans for a future, larger study of this population will be presented. Funding: This study was supported by a New Investigator Award from the Beth-El College of Nursing at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T20:17:06Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T20:17:06Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipWestern Institute of Nursingen_GB
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