As the population ages and technology makes it possible for more people to receive care in their homes, which tends to be the least expensive setting, more and more of us are taking on caregiving duties. Past research has shown that being a caregiver can have a negative effect on the caregiver’s health. The New England Journal of Medicine carries research looking at the impact of caring for a patient with a critical illness. (NEJM Article) This impact is financial and social as well as health-related. The authors examined discharges from certain Canadian hospitals for the period 2007 to 2014. The cases all involved critical illnesses and a fair amount of informal caregiving. The caregivers responded to surveys and to instruments designed to evaluate their mental and physical health. Various caregiver and patient characteristics were also gathered. A high percentage of the caregivers had elevated depression scale scores and for some these scores worsened the longer they were a caregiver. Patient characteristics appeared unassociated with caregiver outcomes. Younger caregivers were more prone to worsening mental health, as were those who had less social support, lower income and whose caregiving interfered more with other life activities. Caregivers were particularly apt to feel less in control of their lives. The research suggests that careful consideration needs to be given to the negative impacts of being a caregiver and caregiver mental health should be monitored regularly.
✅ Subscribe via Email
About this Blog
The Healthy Skeptic is a website about the health care system, and is written by Kevin Roche, who has many years of experience working in the health industry. Mr. Roche is available to assist health care companies through consulting arrangements through Roche Consulting, LLC and may be reached at [email protected].
Healthy Skeptic Podcast
This is an outstanding report on total global drug spending and trends, with projections out to 2025. It helps you understand this important area of health care, which does much...
June 1, 2021
MedPAC 2019 Report to Congress
June 18, 2019
It may be investors that need the redesign. They just keep pouring money into this digital health crap despite all the losses. Redesign Health claims that it makes money by...
September 16, 2022
In truth, this seems like more money down a rathole. Google’s parent and other investors are putting a billion dollars into Google’s health arm, Verily. Apparently want to compete with...
September 12, 2022
It is like investors have learned nothing from the past two years. Even supposedly smart investors like Morgan Health, which is making a $20 million contribution to LetsGetChecked, which supposedly...
September 12, 2022
Access ACO Care Management Chronic Disease Comparative Effectiveness Consumer Directed Health Consumers Devices Disease Management Drugs EHRs Elder Care End-of-Life Care FDA Financings Genomics Government Health Care Costs Health Care Quality Health Care Reform Health Insurance Health Insurance Exchange HIT HomeCare Hospital Hospital Readmissions Legislation M&A Malpractice Meaningful Use Medicaid Medical Care Medicare Medicare Advantage Mobile Pay For Performance Pharmaceutical Physicians Providers Regulation Repealing Reform Telehealth Telemedicine Wellness and Prevention Workplace