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Strain and satisfaction in caregivers of veterans with chronic illness

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  • Bonnie J. Wakefield,

    Corresponding author
    1. Center for Comprehensive Access and Delivery Research and Evaluation (CADRE) (152), Iowa City VA Health Care System, Iowa City, IA 52246
    2. Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri, 327 SON Columbia, MO 65201
    • CADRE (152), Iowa City VA Medical Center, 601 Hwy 6 West, Iowa City, IA 52246.
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    • Investigator and Associate Research Professor.

  • Jeanne Hayes,

    1. Kansas City VA Medical Center, Kansas City, MO 64128
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    • Investigator and Associate Research Professor.

  • Suzanne Austin Boren,

    1. Department of Health Management and Informatics, School of Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65201
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    • Associate Professor.

  • Youngju Pak,

    1. Department of Biostatistics, School of Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65201
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    • Assistant Professor.

  • J. Wade Davis

    1. Department of Biostatistics, School of Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65201
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    • Associate Professor.


  • The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs or the United States government.

Abstract

Veterans' health care has shifted towards outpatient treatment, and because of the high prevalence of chronic illness in veterans, more caregiving has been required of their families. The purpose of this study was to identify predictors of caregiver (CG) strain and satisfaction associated with caring for veterans with chronic illness. Data were collected using telephone interviews of 120 dyads. Strain was associated with helping with instrumental activities of daily living, using counseling and prayer for coping, accompanying veteran to appointments, help/advice from friends, paid help, exercising, and depression. Satisfaction was associated with veteran health, CG social support, age, and depression. Innovative and easily accessible interventions are needed to mitigate sources of strain in CGs of chronically ill veterans. Published 2011. This article is a U.S. Government work and is in the public domain in the USA. Res Nurs Health 35:55-69, 2012

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