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Assessing Caregiver Needs to Develop a Caregiver Support System

Status Complete
Seeking Researchers No
Start Date 09/01/2005
End Date 06/30/2006
Funding Source Undergraduate Research Grants
Funding Amount
Community Partner
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Last Updated 07/05/2008 01:25AM
Keywords Caregiver


  Tracey Burke

Student Researchers
  Stephanie Engel


The proposed research is a collaborative project with the non-profit Hospice of Anchorage (HA) intended to assist in the design of a support group for caregivers of HA patients. The student investigator is a senior Social Work major doing her internship at the HA. The HA is aware that the needs of caregivers for the dying are unique and have been unaddressed in Anchorage. Part of the student's internship is helping design a support group and then coo-facilitating it in the spring, 2006. This qualitative research project consists of 2 focus groups with caregivers of now-deceased HA patients, with groups formed according to how long ago the lives one died. A 3 rd focus group will consist of current HA staff and volunteers. Key questions will address caregivers' needs and how they could have best been met. Participants will be asked to respond to the preliminary thematic analysis to increase its depth and validity. Participants' stories and reflections will be an invaluable resource in developing a successful and meaningful caregiver support program. The final report will be given to the HA in written and oral form. Findings will also be presented at various UAA forums

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