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Family Member Experience of Caregiving 

Family Member Experience of Caregiving
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Family Member Experience of Caregiving
Author(s):

Maryjo Prince-Paul

and Karen S. Vrtunski

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190201708.003.0017
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date: 27 January 2020

Each family caregiver has a unique response to the call to care for another and is impacted by a range of personal characteristics such as age, gender, physical health, living arrangement, cost of care, employment status, role and family relationships, communication, and family functioning. As in many chronic conditions, caregiving has benefits and burdens. It presents an opportunity to foster interconnectedness with another human being yet is also associated with significant burden, change in role, increased distress, and poor health outcomes for the caregiver. The ability of the healthcare professional to identify, involve, assess, plan, and intervene with the family caregiver is of critical importance to improve outcomes and quality of life.. Family caregivers, as well as those receiving care, must be considered an integral part of the interdisciplinary healthcare team and should be involved in all components of healthcare management and care-related decisions.

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