Knowledge to Action

 

Family Caregivers are found within all demographic, cultural and economic sectors –a woman struggling to manage a career and family while caring for a husband with cancer; a senior citizen with health problems caring for a spouse with Alzheimer’s at home; a single mother trying to support a dying sibling who lives thousands of kilometers away. Each caregiver has unique needs and challenges that are related to a number of factors, including access to services, financial capacity, time constraints, geography and physical ability.

After their patient dies, caregivers can become patients themselves due to the significant emotional, physical and financial strain associated with their role. While some services and tools for family caregivers exist, there are critical gaps in awareness of caregiver needs and in translating research results into clinical practice.

Our goal is to facilitate the dissemination and uptake of research findings through the development of progressive tools, resources and knowledge exchange activities for researchers, health professionals, policy makers, organizations and individuals who are coping with family caregiving issues at the end of life. By developing these tools and collaborative networking opportunities, we intend to advance knowledge and influence clinical practice by equipping health researchers, professionals, policy makers, organizations and caregivers with critical resources.

Family Caregivers are clearly a critical contributor to the health system – and yet, while some services and tools for family caregivers exist, there are critical gaps in awareness of caregiver needs and in translating research results into clinical practice.

If we are to successfully manage the upcoming health crisis related to an aging population, we need evidence-based resources and tools to guide best practice, inform health professionals and policy-makers, and to guide family caregivers as they navigate through their role. By helping family caregivers, our health system will be better able to manage resources as our population ages, using evidence-based knowledge to develop successful policies that truly address family caregiver challenges.

 
 
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