Customize your JAMA Network experience by selecting one or more topics from the list below.
Identify all potential conflicts of interest that might be relevant to your comment.
Conflicts of interest comprise financial interests, activities, and relationships within the past 3 years including but not limited to employment, affiliation, grants or funding, consultancies, honoraria or payment, speaker's bureaus, stock ownership or options, expert testimony, royalties, donation of medical equipment, or patents planned, pending, or issued.
Err on the side of full disclosure.
If you have no conflicts of interest, check "No potential conflicts of interest" in the box below. The information will be posted with your response.
Not all submitted comments are published. Please see our commenting policy for details.
Burgdorf J, Roth DL, Riffin C, Wolff JL. Factors Associated With Receipt of Training Among Caregivers of Older Adults. JAMA Intern Med. 2019;179(6):833–835. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2018.8694
Nearly 18 million family and unpaid caregivers assist older American individuals with disabilities.1,2 Caregivers are a crucial source of care for older adults with disabilities and complex care needs but often report feeling unprepared and poorly supported in their caregiving role.1 Emerging evidence suggests that support of family caregivers, including education and training, can improve health outcomes for caregivers and care recipients.1,3 However, to our knowledge, no previous work has examined whether caregiver characteristics are associated with receipt of training.
We used data from the 2015 National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS), a nationally representative survey of Medicare beneficiaries 65 years and older, and the linked National Survey of Caregivers (NSOC), a companion survey administered to family and unpaid caregivers identified by NHATS participants.4 This study includes 1861 family caregivers of 1230 NHATS study participants who were living in traditional community settings and receiving help with daily activities related to self-care, mobility, and household activities for health and function reasons.
Create a personal account or sign in to: