Information needs of informal caregivers of older adults with chronic health conditions

Karla T. Washington, Susan E. Meadows, Susan G. Elliott, Richelle J. Koopman

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Abstract

Objective: To systematically examine current evidence pertaining to information needs of informal caregivers of older adults with chronic health conditions. Methods: Structured search of MEDLINE, MEDLINE IN-PROCESS, CINAHL, and PsycINFO databases to identify studies of caregiver information needs, followed by data extraction and syntheses. Results: The 62 articles that met the stated inclusion criteria highlighted extensive needs among informal caregivers for practical, accessible, timely information. Conclusion: The identified information needs of informal caregivers can inform organizations and agencies that seek to provide disease and illness-related information. Practice implications: Existing evidence supports the implementation of a health information delivery system designed to meet the needs of informal caregivers of older adults with chronic health conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-44
Number of pages8
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Volume83
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2011

Keywords

  • Chronic disease
  • Consumer health information
  • Family caregivers

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