Navigation Links
CWRU researchers profile women's employment, caregiving workloads, effort and health
Date:4/29/2014

A study from the Case Western Reserve University nursing school provides a profile of women with the dual responsibilities of full-time paid work and unpaid care for an elderly family member.

"We often hear caregivers talk about 'how much time and effort it takes' to provide care for their family members or neighbors," said Evanne Juratovac, PhD, RN (GCNS-BC), assistant professor of nursing at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and the study's lead researcher, "so we examined the experience of doing the workload on these women caregivers as the 'workers."

She said the study is similar to how industry measures the impact of workload (including the time and difficulty of the tasks) and effort (the perceived energy it takes to do the work).

The results of the study, published in the March-April issue of Women's Health Issues, richly described the experiences of 46 women caregivers who work full-time and participated in the researchers' larger mixed-methods study in 2012.

The women, who averaged 51 years of age and the majority of whom cared for their parent, appeared to report health experiences that were related to the demands on their time and energy.

"While several of the women reported overall good health, the severity of depression suggests that these caregivers' mental health is in jeopardy," Juratovac said.

For example, some women may have experienced more depression related to their living situation or relationship to the care recipient; yet, some women experienced depressive symptoms that may be related to the presence of help from other family members or formal outside agencies.

The American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) and the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) report that about half of the 66 million family caregivers nationally also work outside the home.

And women provide more than half of the free caregiving, which AARP and NAC estimate would cost more than $450 million annually if someone were paid to do the work.

"These savings to society may overshadow the cost it has on the caregivers' economic stability and health," Juratovac said. It is known from national surveys (e.g., Metlife) that caring for someone at home can cost employed women caregivers in obscured ways, as they may pass up job advancement, lose employment benefits by working fewer hours, and strain household budgets to pay for caregiving expenses.

Juratovac said she hopes the detailed findings promote a discussion among policymakers and employers to help employed caregivers facilitate their dual workloads.

She suggests, for example, flexible work schedules that allow employed caregivers to manage their responsibilities on behalf of their care recipient (such as consulting with health care providers) when necessary during the work day, while maintaining their productivity and managing their responsibilities in the paid workplace.

And since the researchers found it difficult to characterize the variety of "part time" employment experiences, suggestions were made - for research and for industry - to improve methods for measuring the time and effort that caregivers spend in caregiving tasks and other tasks over time, in order to more fully understand their full workload.


'/>"/>

Contact: Susan Griffith
susan.griffith@case.edu
216-368-1004
Case Western Reserve University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Drug monitoring information improves regimen adherence, Carnegie Mellon researchers say
2. Researchers identify mechanism of cancer caused by loss of BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene function
3. Indiana University researchers gauge the toll of trampoline fractures on children
4. AGA showcases its commitment to improving the pipeline of minority researchers
5. Researchers identify potential new strategy to treat ovarian cancer
6. NYU Steinhardt researchers to study why male millennials risk HIV transmission
7. Researchers generate immunity against tumor vessel protein
8. Researchers at LSTM part of the international team to sequence the tsetse genome
9. Oxygen diminishes the hearts ability to regenerate, researchers discover
10. Finnish team of researchers finds a mutation in a tumor of the jaw
11. Depressed? Researchers identify new anti-depressant mechanisms, therapeutic approaches
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/22/2017)... ... September 22, 2017 , ... “Letters From Home”: ... even the lost, have value to God. “Letters From Home” is the creation of ... member of the President’s Cabinet of Jerry Savelle Ministries International, who has traveled and ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... ... , ... 38-Year-Old Plastic Surgeon Gill at Aesthetic Surgery Center is Saluted as ... that Plastic Surgeon Kiranjeet Gill has been awarded as one of the 15th annual ... that was started in 2003 to salute young achievers in Southwest Florida who have ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... ... September 21, 2017 , ... Hair ... new member survey conducted by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery ... to 2016 rose 60 percent, with 635,189 procedures performed in 2016. , ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... ... September 21, 2017 , ... The New England Center ... announced today the election of Yie-Hsin Hung to the Board of Directors. , ... Board of Directors. Ms. Hung is an invaluable addition to our team,” said Vincent ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... , ... September 21, 2017 , ... ... operators, announces the acquisition of Isle at Kingwood Assisted Living and Memory Care ... an established retirement community with 55 assisted living apartments, 43 memory care apartments ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/1/2017)... 2017 Michael Penna , President and ... opportunities for growth in his response to the July ... is seeking a buyer for eMDs. Penna,s company, Complete ... solutions Value Added Reseller and national leader in the ... "As the healthcare market continues to dictate consolidation, ...
(Date:8/29/2017)... ivWatch, LLC, the leading provider of continuous monitoring devices ... been awarded an Innovative Technology contract from Vizient, Inc., the largest ... ... the early detection of peripheral IV infiltration and extravasation events ... The Innovative Technology contract was awarded to ivWatch ...
(Date:8/25/2017)... Zed ( www.innovationzed.com ), an Irish medtech company, today announced that it ... and Bassetlaw, England . The collaboration ... part of a national NHS Test Bed programme exploring new models of ... Innovation Zed ... Connect, a snap-on accessory for disposable insulin pen users, automatically collects and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: