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2011 HSR&D National Meeting Abstract

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2011 National Meeting

2020 — State-of-the-Science Workshop on VA Caregiving Research

Piette J (Ann Arbor COE; University of Michigan), Rosland A (Ann Arbor COE; University of Michigan), Silveira M (Ann Arbor COE; University of Michigan), Sieverding P (HSR&D Central Office), Trivedi R (Seattle COE; University of Washington)

Workshop Objectives:
Many Veterans with chronic illnesses need frequent health monitoring, self-management education, assistance with decision-making, and emotional support. Despite their best efforts, VA clinicians rarely have the resources to provide the intensive assistance that some patients need. Informal caregivers play a critical role in filling these gaps in care and are, in and of themselves, an important target for VA services. However, caregivers often lack the resources they need to be effective and VA health professionals lack the knowledge of evidence-based approaches to caregiver engagement. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss several ongoing initiatives within HSR&D designed to improve support for caregivers and their families. By sharing information about ongoing projects, key methodologic issues will be identified that can serve as a basis for information exchange among workshop attendees.

The workshop will include presentations by senior and junior VA investigators involved in caregiving research, as well as representative from Central Office. Through describing ongoing projects, each presenter will highlight a unique challenge in caregiving-related research, such as recruitment of caregivers, conduct of nationally-representative surveys, and the design of effective interventions. Issues in caregiving research that are particularly consistent with VA national priorities will be highlighted. Ample time will be made available for an interchange about these ideas between panelists and other attendees.

Target Audience:
The target audience for this workshop is VA investigators who are currently involved in caregiving-related research, including observational quantitative surveys, qualitative studies, and interventional research.

Assumed Audience Familiarity with Topic:
This workshop assumes limited prior knowledge about VA caregiving research, although we expect that participants will include a variety of seasoned investigators available to share their experiences.

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