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Resources by Topic: Informal caregivers

Psychosocial Predictors of Adverse Outcomes in Rural Heart Failure Caregivers
Results of a study of 114 rural and 426 urban caregivers in the southeastern United States, to examine whether social support, problem solving, and family function affected burden in caregivers of individuals with heart failure. Features demographic statistics and descriptive differences with breakdowns between urban and rural caregivers.
Author(s): Joan S. Grant, Lucinda J. Graven, Glenna Schluck, Laurie Abbott
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 21(3), 6497
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
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Remote Patient Monitoring Helps Rural Patients Recover at Home
Features Essentia Health's remote patient monitoring program, which allows patients to recover at home while still having access to medical attention. Describes how the program was used to treat COVID-19 patients, with plans to continue the program to treat other chronic diseases.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Preferences for Long-Term Care Arrangements among Rural and Urban Older Adults
Describes long-term care preferences of 4,333 older people with functional limitations. Features statistics on characteristics of respondents, with breakdowns by urban or rural location.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, John Mulcahy, Megan Lahr, Jill Tanem
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Meeting the Challenge of Caring for Persons Living with Dementia and Their Care Partners and Caregivers: A Way Forward
Examines the existing evidence on care interventions, services, and supports for people with dementia and their caregivers. Discusses gaps in the current evidence base and opportunities for future research. Describes interventions that can be implemented in a variety of settings to continue to expand the evidence base. Includes rural references and considerations throughout.
Additional links: Read Online
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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The Coronavirus Pandemic Highlights Why Family Caregivers Need to Be Integrated into the Health Care Team and Shows Us How to Make It Happen
Describes the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on family caregiving. Identifies approaches to help integrate family members into care teams. Discusses the use of telehealth, virtual visits, and other digital technology such as patient portals which can include family caregivers.
Author(s): Esther M. Friedman, Patricia K. Tong, Robert S. Rudin
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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Reducing the Impact of Dementia in America: A Decadal Survey of the Behavioral and Social Sciences
Summarizes results of a survey of social and behavioral research on preventing or slowing the development of dementia and reducing its social and economic impact on dementia patients and caregivers. Offers recommendations on research priorities to improve the lives of those affected by dementia. Includes rural references throughout.
Additional links: Read Online
Date: 2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Resources to Support Mental Health and Coping with the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Provides a list of resources to support mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights resources for mental health professionals, community leaders, and American Indians and Alaska Natives, among other groups.
Date: 2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Suicide Prevention Resource Center
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Challenges and Facilitators of Hospice Decision-making: A Retrospective Review of Family Caregivers of Home Hospice Patients in a Rural US-Mexico Border Region - A Qualitative Study
Highlights a study on hospice care utilization in the rural U.S.-Mexico border region of Southern California. Explores the decisions made by family care givers around hospice care and discusses the factors that shaped those decisions.
Author(s): Eunjeong Ko, Dahlia Fuentes, Savitri Singh-Carlson, Frances Nedjat-Haiem
Citation: BMJ Open, 10(7), e035634
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
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Caregiving among Rural Adults
Infographic that presents findings from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) on characteristics of individuals in rural areas who provide care to a friend or family member. Includes caregiver demographics, time spent on caregiving, and types of care provided.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Caregiving in the U.S. 2020
A national profile of unpaid family caregivers. Describes care recipients' living situations and health status, caregiving activities, caregiver well-being, and related topics. Includes information specific to rural caregivers, with comparisons of their experiences in 2015 and 2020 as well as comparisons to non-rural caregivers' experiences. Also offers profiles of different types of caregivers.
Additional links: Fact Sheet: The "Typical" Caregiver of a Care Recipient Living in a Rural Area, Full Report
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: AARP, National Alliance for Caregiving
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