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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/201775
Category:
Full-text
Format:
Text-based Document
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Online Support for Informal Caregivers: Psychosocial Outcomes
Author(s):
Hayes, Evelyn R.; Diefenbeck, Cynthia A.; Klemm, Paula
Author Details:
Evelyn R. Hayes, PhD, APRN, BC; Cynthia A. Diefenbeck, PsyD, APRN, BC; Paula Klemm, PhD, RN, OCN
Abstract:
(41st Biennial Convention) Purpose: To evaluate whether psychosocial outcomes in family caregivers of people with chronic disease differ, based on the format of online group support. Background and Significance: Fifty million Americans care for family members with chronic illness. Research on the psychosocial effects of caregiving on informal caregivers is lacking. Sample: Individuals at least 21 years old, employed, and providing care to family member with a chronic condition. Method: Randomized longitudinal design, comparing two types of online support groups (moderated; peer-led) on the basis of three principal measures (depressive symptoms, caregiver burden, quality of life). Results: Forty-four subjects participated (female=40; male=4). Twenty-four were assigned professionally moderated group and 20 to a group run in a peer-led format. Twenty-nine completed the questionnaires at all four timepoints. (moderated=15; peer-led=14). There were no significant differences between the groups on demographic variables. There were no significant differences in levels of depressive symptoms, caregiver burden, or quality of life between those in the moderated and peer-led groups at baseline or over time (p>0.05). Some subjects did not participate in the online discussions, but completed the study questionnaires. The presence of lurkers in this study was consistent with other reports of online support groups. A number of lurkers in online discussion groups should be expected and is not necessarily detrimental. Conclusions: There were no significant differences in psychosocial outcomes based on format of online support. The format of online support may not be as important in determining psychosocial outcomes, as the support itself. Level of participation was not significant in predicting depressive symptoms scores, caregiver burden, or QOL. Implications: Family caregivers often need information and support. This research adds to the knowledge base related to online support for family caregivers by measuring the effects of different online support group formats on specific psychosocial variables over time.
Keywords:
psychosocial outcomes; online support; family caregivers
Repository Posting Date:
11-Jan-2012
Date of Publication:
4-Jan-2012
Conference Date:
2011
Conference Name:
41st Biennial Convention: People and Knowledge: Connecting for Global Health
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Location:
Grapevine, Texas USA
Description:
41st Biennial Convention - 29 October-2 November 2011. Theme: People and Knowledge: Connecting for Global Health. Held at the Gaylord Texan Resort & convention Center.
Note:
Items submitted to a conference/event were evaluated/peer-reviewed at the time of abstract submission to the event. No other peer-review was provided prior to submission to the Henderson Repository, unless otherwise noted.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.type.categoryFull-texten
dc.formatText-based Documenten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleOnline Support for Informal Caregivers: Psychosocial Outcomesen
dc.contributor.authorHayes, Evelyn R.en
dc.contributor.authorDiefenbeck, Cynthia A.en
dc.contributor.authorKlemm, Paulaen
dc.author.detailsEvelyn R. Hayes, PhD, APRN, BC; Cynthia A. Diefenbeck, PsyD, APRN, BC; Paula Klemm, PhD, RN, OCNen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/201775-
dc.description.abstract(41st Biennial Convention) Purpose: To evaluate whether psychosocial outcomes in family caregivers of people with chronic disease differ, based on the format of online group support. Background and Significance: Fifty million Americans care for family members with chronic illness. Research on the psychosocial effects of caregiving on informal caregivers is lacking. Sample: Individuals at least 21 years old, employed, and providing care to family member with a chronic condition. Method: Randomized longitudinal design, comparing two types of online support groups (moderated; peer-led) on the basis of three principal measures (depressive symptoms, caregiver burden, quality of life). Results: Forty-four subjects participated (female=40; male=4). Twenty-four were assigned professionally moderated group and 20 to a group run in a peer-led format. Twenty-nine completed the questionnaires at all four timepoints. (moderated=15; peer-led=14). There were no significant differences between the groups on demographic variables. There were no significant differences in levels of depressive symptoms, caregiver burden, or quality of life between those in the moderated and peer-led groups at baseline or over time (p>0.05). Some subjects did not participate in the online discussions, but completed the study questionnaires. The presence of lurkers in this study was consistent with other reports of online support groups. A number of lurkers in online discussion groups should be expected and is not necessarily detrimental. Conclusions: There were no significant differences in psychosocial outcomes based on format of online support. The format of online support may not be as important in determining psychosocial outcomes, as the support itself. Level of participation was not significant in predicting depressive symptoms scores, caregiver burden, or QOL. Implications: Family caregivers often need information and support. This research adds to the knowledge base related to online support for family caregivers by measuring the effects of different online support group formats on specific psychosocial variables over time.en
dc.subjectpsychosocial outcomesen
dc.subjectonline supporten
dc.subjectfamily caregiversen
dc.date.available2012-01-11T10:52:12Z-
dc.date.issued2012-01-04en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-01-11T10:52:12Z-
dc.conference.date2011en
dc.conference.name41st Biennial Convention: People and Knowledge: Connecting for Global Healthen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau Internationalen
dc.conference.locationGrapevine, Texas USAen
dc.description41st Biennial Convention - 29 October-2 November 2011. Theme: People and Knowledge: Connecting for Global Health. Held at the Gaylord Texan Resort & convention Center.en
dc.description.noteItems submitted to a conference/event were evaluated/peer-reviewed at the time of abstract submission to the event. No other peer-review was provided prior to submission to the Henderson Repository, unless otherwise noted.-
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