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Columbia Nursing develops online tool to reduce stress in Hispanic caregivers of dementia patients
Date:6/11/2013

for," says Lucero, who is basing his approach on a similar web-based tool he developed to improve the self-assessment and management for falls in community dwelling older adults.

Hispanics face unique caregiving experiences and stressors. For example, studies show that when caregiver stress leads to nursing home placement for a person with dementia, feelings of guilt are more common in Hispanics, who are less likely to delegate the care of affected relatives to outside agencies. When compared to their non-Hispanic White and non-Hispanic Black counterparts, Hispanic caregivers are more depressed, usually younger, and more likely to have children or grandchildren under the age of 18 in their household.

Technology-based family caregiver interventions can lessen caregiver stress, reduce isolation, fill gaps in information, and assist caregivers to manage health care services, as well as reinforce healthy behaviors for themselves and a family member with dementia. However, it is not known if these types of interventions are effective in Hispanics. The design and development of the Family-HIMS will incorporate the expressed needs of Hispanic caregivers of dementia patients, and will be the first web-based health information management system tested among English- and Spanish- speaking Hispanic caregivers.

Family-HIMS Part of a Broad Research Program Seeking to Better Understand the Social and Demographic Factors associated with Hispanic Caregivers of Dementia Patients

The Family-HIMS project is one of three components in a larger research effort funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research. The New-York-City Hispanic-dementia-caregiver Research Program (NHiRP) is a multifaceted, multi-institutional initiative, combining the expertise of its principal investigators in the areas of minority health, epidemiology, clinical trials, mental health, and bioinformatics. Along with Lucero, the pro
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Contact: Rachel Zuckerman
rz2274@columbia.edu
212-305-4092
Columbia University Medical Center
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