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Adapters, strugglers, and case managers: a typology of spouse caregivers.

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Davis, LL; Chestnutt, D; Molloy, M; Deshefy-Longhi, T; Shim, B; Gilliss, CL
Published in: Qualitative health research
November 2014

Although family home care problems are frequently described in the health care literature, the ways in which families and other informal caregivers manage those problems are not often addressed. We conducted a descriptive analysis of interviews in which spouses caring for a partner with Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease were asked to describe difficult home care problems and how they managed those problems. Analysis of these interviews indicated three recurring management styles. Adapters told stories about applying pre-existing skills to manage home care problems. Strugglers told stories of reoccurring home care problems for which they had few or no management strategies. Case managers' interview stories focused on the challenges of finding and coordinating home care services. These findings suggest that caregiving burden might be influenced more by the caregiver's management style than the demands of the care situation. Suggestions for tailoring support programs for the three types of caregivers are proposed.

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Published In

Qualitative health research

DOI

ISSN

1049-7323

Publication Date

November 2014

Volume

24

Issue

11

Start / End Page

1492 / 1500

Related Subject Headings

  • Spouses
  • Problem Solving
  • Parkinson Disease
  • Nursing
  • Male
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Humans
  • Female
  • Case Management
  • Caregivers
 

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Davis, L. L., Chestnutt, D., Molloy, M., Deshefy-Longhi, T., Shim, B., & Gilliss, C. L. (2014). Adapters, strugglers, and case managers: a typology of spouse caregivers. Qualitative Health Research, 24(11), 1492–1500. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732314548879
Davis, Linda Lindsey, Deborah Chestnutt, Margory Molloy, Tess Deshefy-Longhi, Bomin Shim, and Catherine L. Gilliss. “Adapters, strugglers, and case managers: a typology of spouse caregivers.Qualitative Health Research 24, no. 11 (November 2014): 1492–1500. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732314548879.
Davis LL, Chestnutt D, Molloy M, Deshefy-Longhi T, Shim B, Gilliss CL. Adapters, strugglers, and case managers: a typology of spouse caregivers. Qualitative health research. 2014 Nov;24(11):1492–500.
Davis, Linda Lindsey, et al. “Adapters, strugglers, and case managers: a typology of spouse caregivers.Qualitative Health Research, vol. 24, no. 11, Nov. 2014, pp. 1492–500. Epmc, doi:10.1177/1049732314548879.
Davis LL, Chestnutt D, Molloy M, Deshefy-Longhi T, Shim B, Gilliss CL. Adapters, strugglers, and case managers: a typology of spouse caregivers. Qualitative health research. 2014 Nov;24(11):1492–1500.
Journal cover image

Published In

Qualitative health research

DOI

ISSN

1049-7323

Publication Date

November 2014

Volume

24

Issue

11

Start / End Page

1492 / 1500

Related Subject Headings

  • Spouses
  • Problem Solving
  • Parkinson Disease
  • Nursing
  • Male
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Humans
  • Female
  • Case Management
  • Caregivers