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Coping by stroke caregivers: sex similarities and differences.

Tiegs TJ, Heesacker M, Ketterson TU, Pekich DG, Rittman MR, Rosenbek JC, Stidham BS, Gonzalez-Rothi LJ. Coping by stroke caregivers: sex similarities and differences. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. 2006 Apr 1; 13(1):52-62.

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Informal care provision presents many challenges. As the population ages, more people are forced to enter the role of informal caretaker. Despite the increase in the need for caregivers and the importance of providing care, there is little empirical research examining how men and women approach and cope with providing care. The current study examined stroke patients and their care providers to assess possible gender differences in the impact of caretaking on caretakers and care recipients. Results indicate no significant difference in patient well-being based on the gender of the caregiver. Some measures indicated that men have advantages as caregivers. Results are discussed with regard to the accuracy and utility of sex-role stereotypes about caregivers. In addition, these data provide potential insight about how to decrease caregiver burden, delay long-term hospitalization of the patient, and increase the quality of life for caretakers and patients.

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