Family Caregivers for Veterans with Spinal Cord Injury: Exploring the Stresses and Benefits
Annual rept. 30 Sep 2012 29 Sept 2013
CRAIG HOSPITAL ENGLEWOOD CO
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When family caregivers are unable to cope effectively with all role responsibilities, the health and well-being of the care recipient also may be jeopardized. Unfortunately, there are few studies that examine the intricacies of caregiving for people with spinal cord injuries. The purpose of this study is to identify issues specific to family caregivers of veterans with spinal cord injuries and develop a relevant, culturally appropriate instrument to assess caregiver distress andor benefit. Family caregivers of veterans from three geographically diverse sites Richmond, Virginia, Seattle, Washington, and Denver, Colorado are being recruited to participate in focus groups discussing caregiving issues. To date, five focus groups with a total of 34 participants were completed in Richmond and two groups in Denver with a total of 8 participants. IRB approval in Seattle is still pending but in progress. It is anticipated that IRB approval will be finalized in Seattle within the month of October 2013 and focus groups will be convened before 2014 if possible.
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