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Caregiver burden
In this issue of CMAJ, Grunfeld and colleagues present the results of their prospective study of the burden faced by 89 caregivers of women with advanced breast cancer for 3 years or until the patient's death. (2004-06-07)

Depression linked to physical health decline in cancer caregivers
A new report finds that symptoms of depression are the only significant predictor of caregivers' physical health decline. (2017-06-29)

Canada needs approach to combat elder abuse
Canada needs a comprehensive approach to reduce elder abuse that includes financial supports and programs for seniors and their caregivers, argues an editorial in Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2012-09-17)

Caregivers of veterans with chronic illnesses often stressed, yet satisfied, MU researcher finds
A University of Missouri researcher evaluated strain and satisfaction among informal caregivers of veterans with chronic illnesses. The findings show that more than one third of veterans' caregivers report high levels of strain as a result of taking care of their relatives; yet, on average, caregivers also report being satisfied with their care-giving responsibilities. (2012-03-08)

Hospice caregivers should be screened early to prevent depression, anxiety
A study at the University of Missouri School of Medicine found that nearly one-quarter of caregivers were moderately or severely depressed and nearly one-third had moderate or severe anxiety. (2017-02-08)

Surprising stress for caregivers
New research from Northwestern Medicine shows that unhelpful friends and family cause caregivers of stroke survivors to stress out. (2010-09-29)

Self-help groups empower caregivers of children with disabilities
Caregivers in low-income settings will be able to respond to the challenges of bringing up children with disabilities, thanks to a new model created by the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI). (2020-03-10)

Struggling to follow doctor's orders
Paid caregivers make it possible for seniors to remain living in their homes, but a Northwestern Medicine study found that more than one-third of caregivers had difficulty reading and understanding health-related information and directions. Sixty percent made errors when sorting medications into pillboxes. (2011-02-22)

Study examines benefits of caring for seniors
While researchers have thoroughly documented the hardships involved in caring for elderly parents and relatives, a new study says there are also many positive aspects. (2002-02-18)

Study examines phenomenon of women caring for ex-husbands
For single adults without spouses or designated caregivers, illnesses and end-of-life issues can be particularly difficult. A study from the University of Missouri has found that ex-spouses, divorced women who provide care for their former spouses, may be an overlooked population of caregivers. These women experience unique situations while offering support, assisting with daily tasks and managing health needs for their ex-husbands. (2011-02-10)

Cancer caregivers experience unique burdens compared with other conditions
An analysis of data from more than 1,200 caregivers in the United States finds that cancer caregivers report a higher burden and spend significantly more hours per week caregiving, as opposed to individuals who care for people with other conditions. (2016-09-06)

African-American caregivers report better mental health outcomes than white caregivers
African-Americans caring for loved ones with cancer were less likely than their white peers to report distress and depression, possibly due to stronger social support. (2018-11-02)

Caregivers in Canada need more support
It's time to strengthen support for the 28 percent of people who provide care for an aging family member, friend or neighbor in Canada, argues an editorial in CMAJ. (2019-03-04)

Occupational therapy improves quality of life for dementia patients and their carers
Occupational therapy can help to improve the ability of people with dementia to perform daily activities and can also reduce the pressure on their caregivers, says a BMJ study published today. (2006-11-16)

Even mild depression puts a burden on Alzheimer's family caregivers
Caregiving for an Alzheimer's patient is especially burdensome for spousal and family caregivers who at the time of their near and dear one's Alzheimer's diagnosis suffer from depressive symptoms, according to a recent University of Eastern Finland study. (2015-09-21)

Case Western Reserve University study finds caregivers of spouses with dementia enjoy life less
Spouses of husbands and wives with dementia pay an emotional toll as they care for their ailing spouse. This has prompted a call for new interventions and strategies to assist caregivers in coping with the demands of this difficult time, according to a study from Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. (2008-08-12)

Seniors unfairly stereotyped as grouchy and frail
A study of caregivers of Alzheimer's patients and noncaregivers done by the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, revealed that seniors are being stereotyped as grouchy, inflexible to change and mostly living in nursing homes, when the opposite is true. (2007-05-01)

Video conferencing could increase shared decision-making in hospice care
Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that shared decision-making, although beneficial, could be enhanced in hospice care. The researchers recommend that health care workers employ measures such as video conferencing to help increase the likelihood of shared decision-making between patients and family caregivers. (2015-10-12)

Caregiving may be associated with poorer health in certain groups
Older white caregivers (those who provide regular care or assistance for a child or a disabled or sick adult) appear to have poorer health outcomes than black female caregivers, according to a report in the Oct. 27 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2008-10-27)

Facebook app offers opportunity to help unpaid Alzheimer's caregivers via friendsourcing
Researchers at IUPUI have developed a Facebook app that, a study shows, offers a way to provide much-needed support to unpaid caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease. (2018-05-09)

Former caregivers still show psychological ills years after caregiving ends
The negative psychological impact of caregiving for a spouse with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia continues for years after the spouse dies, new research suggests. The study by researchers at the Houston VA Medical Center and Ohio State University found that, even three years after their spouse had died, former caregivers still showed levels of depression and loneliness similar to those in current caregivers. (2001-12-12)

Caregivers Of Stroke Survivors Also Struggle, Say Researchers
Recovery from stroke is a difficult road for both stroke survivors and their caregivers. A new study in an American Heart Association journal found that caregivers may experience unacceptably high levels of burden, leading to isolation and exhaustion. (1998-08-06)

Canada lags behind in caregiver support
According to a new study, Canada lags behind other western countries in the level of financial support it gives to family caregivers. Dr. Janice Keefe found that Australia and the United Kingdom do a better job of financially supporting people looking after a sick relative. (2005-05-20)

Adult day services for dementia patients provide stress relief to family caregivers
Family caregivers of older adults with dementia are less stressed and their moods are improved on days when dementia patients receive adult day services, according to Penn State researchers. (2013-05-23)

NIH funds $2 million study of caregivers of relatives with bipolar disorder
With a four-year, $2 million National Institutes of Health grant, nurse scientists at Case Western Reserve University will conduct one of the first studies to test ways family members can maintain and improve their health while caring for relatives with bipolar disorder. (2016-12-12)

Study shows hospice caregivers need routine care interventions
A study led by the University of Kentucky researcher Elaine Wittenberg-Lyles found that hospice family caregivers are (2011-11-30)

Engaging family caregivers key to coordinated home health care
After Jo-Ana Chase heard her mother had successful heart surgery, she was relieved when her mom was finally discharged from the hospital and sent home to be cared for by her brother. (2020-12-01)

Depression and PTSD symptoms in caregivers of lung transplant patients
Symptoms of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder among caregivers of deceased lung transplant patients are four-to-five times more prevalent than in the average population, according to researchers who analyzed the stress levels of caregivers, as well as their perceptions of the transplant recipients' quality of dying and death. Their findings were presented at the American Thoracic Society's 2008 International Conference in Toronto on Monday, May 19. (2008-05-18)

Increased depression, burden, reported in family caregivers of ALS patients
Family caregivers of people with ALS, most often spouses, are likely to become depressed and feel burdened, but that's not the case for the people they are caring for, according to a study published in the March 20, 2007, issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2007-03-19)

USC study examines effects of caregiving
Two new USC studies overturn myths about caregiving. The first shows caregiving is not necessarily harmful to one's mental and physical health. The second shows that lower education levels, rather than cultural factors, are behind caregivers who compromise their health by putting the needs of family over themselves. (2007-10-17)

Improved caregiver training helps HIV-infected children
Children born with HIV can live longer and richer lives if their caregivers receive training in ways to enhance the children's development, according to research led by Michigan State University. (2013-08-15)

Health care process a roadblock for adolescents with autism and their caregivers
Nancy Cheak-Zamora, assistant professor of health sciences at MU, says that as more children with autism enter adulthood, improved communication between providers, adolescents and caregivers is needed to help those with autism make adult health care decisions. (2017-05-31)

Insufficient home care the biggest challenge to overcome after release from hospital
Ontario patients and caregivers reported not enough home care to meet the need, that home care support was not in place when patients arrived home from the hospital, and that they had to advocate for themselves to get enough home care. (2020-01-06)

Caregivers get no emotional relief from institutionalizing relatives with dementia
Results of a multi-site study coordinated by the University of Pittsburgh in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association show caregivers who make the difficult decision to place their relatives into institutionalized care get no relief from depression and anxiety and in fact suffer additional emotional trauma following their decision. (2004-08-24)

New technology to guide people through healthcare decisions
The goal of a two-year, $460,000 National Institute of Nursing Research-supported project at Case Western Reserve University's school of nursing is to develop and test an avatar-based decision technology, called Electronic Surrogate Decision Maker Resources and Tailored Training. (2013-08-08)

Tip sheet Annals of Internal Medicine, Nov. 21, 2006, issue
The following articles are in the Nov. 21, 2006, issue of Annals of Internal Medicine Tip Sheet: Support program for dementia caregivers improved their lives; Coordinated support for caregivers improved dementia care; Editorial: These studies show what works, so what do we do now?; Editorial: Career changes in medicine: Part II; and Insurance coverage and care of patients with non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndromes. (2006-11-20)

Distance caregivers for advanced cancer patients have special needs, CWRU study finds
Distance presents a challenge as family members work to gain information about their loved ones and participate in their cancer care. But it's also challenging to the local caregivers -- nurses, doctors and local family members -- who must adapt short-term to these remote caregivers' special needs. In hospitals across the country, such challenges have prompted distance caregivers to be labeled (2011-08-08)

Boston Marathon bombing caregivers still grappling with tragedy one year later
Nearly a year after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, hospital staff, first responders and medical volunteers who cared for the injured and dying were still struggling to put the experience behind them, according to a Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare report that describes eight confidential sessions held to help caregivers process their emotions and feelings in the aftermath of this horrific event. (2014-08-07)

Family caregivers for patients with cancer experience high levels of anxiety, depression
A new multi-state survey shows that nearly one-quarter to one-third of family caregivers of patients with high-mortality cancers experience high levels of depression and anxiety symptoms. (2016-09-06)

Family caregivers are rarely asked about needing assistance with caring for older adults
Family caregivers usually are not asked by health care workers about needing support in managing older adults' care, according to a study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (2020-01-24)

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