Informal Caregiving for Persons with Chronic Illness: A Survey of Veterans and Their Caregivers

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/158750
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Presentation
Title:
Informal Caregiving for Persons with Chronic Illness: A Survey of Veterans and Their Caregivers
Abstract:
Informal Caregiving for Persons with Chronic Illness: A Survey of Veterans and Their Caregivers
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2009
Author:Wakefield, Bonnie, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital
Contact Address:Research Service, 800 Hospital Drive, Columbia, MO, 65201, USA
Contact Telephone:5738146548
Co-Authors:B.J. Wakefield, S.A. Boren, Research Service, Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital, Columbia, MO; B.J. Wakefield, Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO; S.A. Boren, Health Management & Informatics, University of Missouri, C
Rates of chronic illness in VA are higher than in the general population. Family members frequently assist older individuals with chronic illness and the burden can be substantial. In a national survey older individuals with diabetes received between 10 and 14 hours per week of informal caregiving support, compared to an average of 6 hours per week for those without diabetes. The aim of this study is to define existing patterns and outcomes regarding the health and needs of caregivers for veterans with chronic illness. The research questions are: What veteran and caregiver characteristics are associated with caregiving appraisal (satisfaction, strain and burden) in veterans with chronic illness? and What is the relationship between caregivers' reports of satisfaction, strain and burden and veterans' use of VHA health care resources? Explanatory variables (e.g., social support, depression, paid help) are based on a conceptual model derived from the literature and work by the National Alliance for Caregiving. Structured telephone interviews of veterans from Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois enrolled in the Care Coordination and Home Telehealth program and their caregivers are being conducted from June through September, 2008. Participating veterans' records will be reviewed for health care utilization in the prior year. Data are currently being collected, and will be analyzed in October 2008. To date, 118 caregivers and 125 veterans have been interviewed. The move away from institutional care to ambulatory and home care has shifted the burden of care to the home. Consequently, VA care coordinators are increasingly providing teaching, support, and referrals for caregivers of veterans. The long-term goal of this project is to use the information to direct the development of decision-support tools for VA care coordinators to guide them in identifying caregivers at risk and targeting appropriate teaching and community referrals.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleInformal Caregiving for Persons with Chronic Illness: A Survey of Veterans and Their Caregiversen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/158750-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Informal Caregiving for Persons with Chronic Illness: A Survey of Veterans and Their Caregivers</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2009</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Wakefield, Bonnie, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">Research Service, 800 Hospital Drive, Columbia, MO, 65201, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">5738146548</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">bonnie.wakefield@va.gov</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">B.J. Wakefield, S.A. Boren, Research Service, Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital, Columbia, MO; B.J. Wakefield, Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO; S.A. Boren, Health Management &amp; Informatics, University of Missouri, C</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Rates of chronic illness in VA are higher than in the general population. Family members frequently assist older individuals with chronic illness and the burden can be substantial. In a national survey older individuals with diabetes received between 10 and 14 hours per week of informal caregiving support, compared to an average of 6 hours per week for those without diabetes. The aim of this study is to define existing patterns and outcomes regarding the health and needs of caregivers for veterans with chronic illness. The research questions are: What veteran and caregiver characteristics are associated with caregiving appraisal (satisfaction, strain and burden) in veterans with chronic illness? and What is the relationship between caregivers' reports of satisfaction, strain and burden and veterans' use of VHA health care resources? Explanatory variables (e.g., social support, depression, paid help) are based on a conceptual model derived from the literature and work by the National Alliance for Caregiving. Structured telephone interviews of veterans from Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois enrolled in the Care Coordination and Home Telehealth program and their caregivers are being conducted from June through September, 2008. Participating veterans' records will be reviewed for health care utilization in the prior year. Data are currently being collected, and will be analyzed in October 2008. To date, 118 caregivers and 125 veterans have been interviewed. The move away from institutional care to ambulatory and home care has shifted the burden of care to the home. Consequently, VA care coordinators are increasingly providing teaching, support, and referrals for caregivers of veterans. The long-term goal of this project is to use the information to direct the development of decision-support tools for VA care coordinators to guide them in identifying caregivers at risk and targeting appropriate teaching and community referrals.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T21:21:36Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T21:21:36Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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