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Medically Complex Home Care and Caregiver Strain

Journal Article
May 1, 2012

This article examines the correlation between caregiver strain and the complexity of care tasks provided. The researchers found that caregivers providing highly or moderately complex nursing care were the most strained, followed by those providing relatively simple nursing care. Caregivers who provided only personal care were significantly less likely to experience strain. The researchers used data from the Cash and Counseling Demonstration and Evaluation study conducted in Arkansas, Florida, and New Jersey.

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Key Takeaways

Paid caregivers providing nursing care reported significantly more strain than those providing only personal care.
Paid caregivers providing complex nursing care reported more strain than those providing low-complexity care.
Policymakers should consider medical complexity when designing paid caregiver supports.

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