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Categorizing national caregiver recommendations to support family caregivers and address unmet needs

Published:November 15, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.outlook.2022.07.013

      Highlights

      • Supporting family caregivers is a crucial public health issue
      • The RAISE Family Caregiving Act of 2018 identifies supporting family caregivers as a national priority
      • Nurses have a vital role in advancing support for family caregivers
      • National recommendations to support family caregivers can be used to target nursing research, practice, and policy

      Abstract

      Background

      Recognizing family caregivers as vital providers of long-term assistance to loved ones with chronic illness, several national organizations developed recommendations to improve support for family caregivers.

      Purpose

      This article categorizes these recommendations to advance family-centered nursing practice, develop health policies, and advocate for family caregiver support.

      Methods

      Six reports of caregiver recommendations published in the United States from 2016 to 2021 were analyzed using thematic analysis.

      Findings

      The 108 recommendations were organized into five categories: policy; caregiver assessment and support; health professional practices; public awareness; advance care planning.

      Discussion

      Ensuring economic security, establishing a national data collection strategy, addressing caregivers’ diverse needs, improving access to health care and support services, and increasing public awareness were highlighted.

      Conclusion

      The recommendations provide a roadmap for nurses at all levels of practice to advocate for a national agenda to develop, fund, and implement inclusive health care policies and interventions to address unmet caregiver needs and maximize support.

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