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Who will care? Employment participation and willingness to supply informal care

The impact of informal care responsibilities on the willingness and ability of caregivers to undertake paid employment has been the Subject of a number of studies. In contrast, the effect of employment status on willingness to undertake informal care has been less well explored. This paper concentrates on this less-studied direction of causality using the data provided by 15 waves of the British Household Panel Survey. We find that employment participation and earnings both impact negatively on willingness to supply informal care.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:20

Effectiveness of educational programs on reducing the burden of caregivers of elderly individuals with dementia: a systematic review

OBJECTIVE: This study's objective was to analyze the effectiveness of educational and support programs for caregivers on reducing their burden. 
METHOD: The method used was a systematic review. The following were searched; MEDLINE, LILACS, Embase, Cochrane, Web of Science, SciELO and CINAHL. 

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Between worlds: the experiences and needs of former family carers

While the financial, physical and psycho-social burden for caregivers is recorded, less is known about the post-caring experience. The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to explore the experiences and needs of Irish former family carers in the post-caring/care transitions period. Former family carers were defined as family members who provided physical and/or social care to a family member with an illness or disability in the home for at least 6 months prior to nursing home/hospice placement or death.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:19

Supporting older people and carers

As a major provider of services to older people, Age UK is interested in what research tells us is known to work. In this book we've asked experts to write jargon-free summaries of the latest evidence they have of the most effective practice. We hope it will inform and further the debate about how services can enhance the lives of older people today. In his foreword Lord Filkin says, 'The key question is how to make these years as healthy, happy and meaningful as possible and improve the quality of later life whenever we can.

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The effectiveness of psychosocial interventions for stroke family caregivers and stroke survivors: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions for family caregivers on their psychosocial and physical wellbeing, quality of life, and the use of healthcare resources by stroke survivors.

Methods: Electronic English and Chinese bibliographic databases were searched (inception to January 2012) for clinical trials. Two reviewers independently selected and appraised study quality. When possible, data from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were statistically pooled. Otherwise, a narrative summary was used.

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A systematic review of psychosocial interventions to improve cancer caregiver quality of life

Objective: To evaluate and estimate the effect of psychosocial interventions on improving the quality of life (QoL) of adult cancer caregivers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:19

Bite-size guides to patient and public participation: guide 2: governance for participation

This guide sets out key principles to ensure that patient, carer and public voices are included in governance frameworks for commissioning and service development in the NHS and health care services. It also includes practical steps to put these principles in place and contains links to supporting material. The guide is based on a review of research, best practice reports and the views of stakeholders. It aims to support clinical commissioning groups and others to plan and deliver good patient and public participation. One of four guides developed by NHS England with their partners.

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Policy initiatives for family carers

This chapter discusses policy initiatives for family carers of people with terminal illness. It focuses on the situation in England but provides some comparison of innovative approaches in other countries including Canada, Australia, and European member states. It suggests that policies for family carers must take into account the heterogeneity of terminal conditions and uncertainties in the timing and progression of the last stages in life, and that policy provisions should be extended into such areas as bereavement benefits.

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Economic Analysis of Formal Care, Informal Care, and Productivity Losses in Primary Care Patients who Screened Positive for Dementia in Germany

Background:The majority of people with dementia (PwD) live at home and require professional formal care and informal care that is generally provided by close relatives. Objective:To determine the utilization and costs of formal and informal care for PwD, indirect costs because of productivity losses of caregivers, and the associations between cost, socio-demographic and clinical variables. Methods:The analysis includes the data of 262 community-dwelling PwD and their caregivers.

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