Helping Family Doctors Detect Vulnerable Caregivers after an Emergency Department Visit for an Elderly Relative: Results of a Longitudinal Study
Référence bibliographique 
Sewitch, Maida J., Yaffe, Mark J., McCusker, Jane et Ciampi, Antonio. 2006. «Helping Family Doctors Detect Vulnerable Caregivers after an Emergency Department Visit for an Elderly Relative: Results of a Longitudinal Study ». BMC Family Practice, vol. 7, no 46, p. 1-8.
Intentions : « Family doctors have been ascribed a role in monitoring patients and their informal caregivers. Little is known about the factors that might alert physicians to changing circumstances or needs of the caregivers. The study objective was to examine changes in family caregivers’ quality of life following an emergency department (ED) visit by an older community-dwelling relative that might cue doctors to subsequent caregiver distress. » (p. 1)
Échantillon/Matériau : « 159 caregivers (60.5 yrs ± 15.8%; 73.0% female), including 68 (42.8%) spouses, 60 (37.7%) adult children, and 31 (19.5%) other relatives participated. » (p. 1)
Instruments : - Identification of Seniors at Risk (ISAR; McCusker, Bellavance, Cardin, Trepanier, Verdon, Ardman, 1999) - Older American Resources and Services (OARS; Fillenbaum & Smyer, 1981)
Types de traitement des données : Analyse statistique
« Following an initial ED visit by older relatives, caregiver general health and physical functioning declined over time, while mental health status improved. Compared to the other relative caregiver group, spouses were at increased risk for decline in general health, mental health, and physical functioning at 1 month, while adult children were at increased risk for decline in physical health at 1 month. […] Spouses were most at risk for decline in quality of life. Primary care physicians who become aware of an ED visit by an elderly person may be alerted to possible subsequent deterioration in family caregivers, especially spouses. » (p. 1)