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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163248
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Experiences and Needs of Rural Family Caregivers
Author(s):
Shellenbarger, Teresa
Author Details:
Teresa Shellenbarger, DNSc, RN, Professor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Nursing and Allied Health Professions, Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA, email: tshell@iup.edu
Abstract:
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences and needs of family caregivers of older adults in a rural area. Background: Changes in health care have placed demands on families to provide care to sick loved ones at home. As the number of elderly continues to rise, it is anticipated that more and more families will have experiences providing care. The National Alliance for Caregiving and the American Association of Retired Persons (2004) suggest that 22.9 million or approximately one in four households provide some type of caregiving to ill family members in the United States. More information about the caregiving experience especially for those living in rural areas is needed to best address the issues and concerns of these families. Methods (Design, Participants, Setting, Data Collection, Analytic approach): Family caregivers participating in local caregiver workshops/support groups were invited to participate in the study. Persons expressing an interest in participating were contacted and assigned a focus group appointment. Procedures for focus groups followed the format described by Morgan (1998). Three focus groups were conducted with 13 caregivers. To ensure consistency in data collection, a focus group protocol was utilized but family caregivers were encouraged to elaborate about their experiences as caregivers. Audiotapes of the focus groups were transcribed verbatim and were verified for accuracy. Content analysis was conducted to identify concepts and uncover recurrent themes. Results: Major themes emerging from the data include: Isolation, conflict, loss, and support. Caregivers of older adults living in rural areas expressed the need for further education and support services to meet their needs as caregivers. Conclusions and Implications: Health care providers in rural areas can provide necessary interventions to address the caregivers' needs. Education and support services may help to lessen the problems experienced by the caregivers and may be especially important for caregivers in rural areas.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2006
Conference Name:
18th Annual Scientific Sessions
Conference Host:
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Conference Location:
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Description:
�New Momentum for Nursing Research: Multidisciplinary Alliances�, held on April 20th -22nd at the Hilton in Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Note:
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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleExperiences and Needs of Rural Family Caregiversen_GB
dc.contributor.authorShellenbarger, Teresaen_US
dc.author.detailsTeresa Shellenbarger, DNSc, RN, Professor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Nursing and Allied Health Professions, Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA, email: tshell@iup.eduen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163248-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences and needs of family caregivers of older adults in a rural area. Background: Changes in health care have placed demands on families to provide care to sick loved ones at home. As the number of elderly continues to rise, it is anticipated that more and more families will have experiences providing care. The National Alliance for Caregiving and the American Association of Retired Persons (2004) suggest that 22.9 million or approximately one in four households provide some type of caregiving to ill family members in the United States. More information about the caregiving experience especially for those living in rural areas is needed to best address the issues and concerns of these families. Methods (Design, Participants, Setting, Data Collection, Analytic approach): Family caregivers participating in local caregiver workshops/support groups were invited to participate in the study. Persons expressing an interest in participating were contacted and assigned a focus group appointment. Procedures for focus groups followed the format described by Morgan (1998). Three focus groups were conducted with 13 caregivers. To ensure consistency in data collection, a focus group protocol was utilized but family caregivers were encouraged to elaborate about their experiences as caregivers. Audiotapes of the focus groups were transcribed verbatim and were verified for accuracy. Content analysis was conducted to identify concepts and uncover recurrent themes. Results: Major themes emerging from the data include: Isolation, conflict, loss, and support. Caregivers of older adults living in rural areas expressed the need for further education and support services to meet their needs as caregivers. Conclusions and Implications: Health care providers in rural areas can provide necessary interventions to address the caregivers' needs. Education and support services may help to lessen the problems experienced by the caregivers and may be especially important for caregivers in rural areas.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:04:02Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:04:02Z-
dc.conference.date2006en_US
dc.conference.name18th Annual Scientific Sessionsen_US
dc.conference.hostEastern Nursing Research Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationCherry Hill, New Jerseyen_US
dc.description�New Momentum for Nursing Research: Multidisciplinary Alliances�, held on April 20th -22nd at the Hilton in Cherry Hill, New Jerseyen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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