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    Research Letter
    April 8, 2019

    Factors Associated With Receipt of Training Among Caregivers of Older Adults

    Author Affiliations
    • 1Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland
    • 2Center on Aging and Health, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
    • 3Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
    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.