Title

Implications of differential impacts of care-giving for future research on Alzheimer care

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

2001

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Aging & Mental Health

PubMed ID

11513009

DOI of Published Version

10.1080/13607860120044783

Start Page

23

End Page

34

Abstract

As the primary caregivers for the millions afflicted with Alzheimer's disease, family members have been the focus of research for the past two decades. Differences in care patterns and deleterious effects of care provision have been clearly established. However, similar demands and hardships associated with care-giving result in different consequences for different families. A greater understanding of the care-giving context and its determinants will enhance knowledge of the differential impacts of care-giving. The most critical determinant of care-giving context is the role relationship between the caregiver and the care recipient. Future research must address role relationship as the primary determinant of what care is provided by whom , and in what manner . This will enhance the understanding of specific caregiver outcomes and lead to optimal targeting of interventions. Future research must also focus on the interface between the family and other social institutions. Evidence calls into question the equity, quality, and capacity of the current system of care, which assumes that family care is best. It will be important for future studies to explore alternate options for long-term care policy. Families and patients will also benefit from studies that assess strategies to ensure an adequate labor pool of qualified formal caregivers

Published Article/Book Citation

Aging & Mental Health, 5:Supplement 001 (2001) pp.23-34.

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https://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/1899