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Aug 06

Paid Research for Caregivers: Managing Healthcare and Medications for an Older Loved One

Previously, I shared some info with you all about a program at UMSL…here is more. If you live in the UMSL service area (St. Louis, MO, USA) and are interested, they are nice folks…so give them a call. Good Luck!

Our research lab, at the University of Missouri- St. Louis, is excited to tell you that there is a new research opportunity available! We are looking for women, between the ages of 18-69 who help an older friend/ family member with their medicines and healthcare. If you qualify for this study, you will have the opportunity to view, over the course of 1 month, a group of valuable online resources to help caregivers who aid with healthcare management. During this study, we ask you to take several surveys about your caregiving experience and your experience with our resources. You will also get rewarded for your time! We pay up to $100.00 in Macy’s or Amazon.com gift cards for your insight during this project.

To see if you qualify for our study, you may take the brief survey provided in the first link below. The survey will also provide you with more information about this research. If you qualify, and show interest, you will be contacted by our project coordinator who will get you started in the project. To take the screener and see if you qualify, go to:

http:/www.sandwichgenerationdiner.com/screener.html

For more information about this research study, please go to:

www.UMSL-HealthcareStudies.org

Many caregivers help manage medication and healthcare for an older friend or family member. One study showed that that about 50% of care-recipients are taking more than one medication (George & Steffen, 2014) and, as a result, this task can be quite difficult. Although helping an older loved one with their healthcare benefits caregivers and older adults in many ways, many caregivers experience increased health risk as a part of the chronic stress associated with this role (Killian, Turner, & Cain, 2005; Schulz & Sherwood, 2008; VZhang, Vitaliano, & Lin, 2006).

Previous research by Van Houtven, Wilson and Clipp (2005) showed that caregivers who manage healthcare for a loved one may feel more stressed and that these individuals are more likely to use medications themselves.

Moving forward, healthcare professionals are working to better understand the effects of caregiving responsibilities and what can be done to reduce potential negative influences on health. Volunteering to participate in this research study will help us improve services and supports for these families.

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