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2006 Grant - Fortinsky
Information- and Help-Seeking Experiences Among Hispanic Family Caregivers
Richard H. Fortinsky, Ph.D.
University of Connecticut Health Center
2006 Investigator-Initiated Research Grant
Little is known about trends among Hispanic families regarding how and when they seek a diagnosis for cognitive impairments, what kind of help they seek for care needs, and how well people provide care for a family member with dementia.
Richard Fortinsky, Ph.D., and colleagues have designed a three-year study that will enroll 100 Hispanic individuals in Connecticut and Massachusetts who are currently caring for a family member with cognitive deficits. With the use of questionnaires and interviews, the researchers hope to characterize the caregivers' perspectives on (1) what processes they went through to get a diagnosis or seek help for dementia care, (2) what type of post-diagnosis advice they received from health care professionals and (3) how well they provide care and use community services.
The researchers also hope to determine whether observed variations in these factors are associated with differences in nationality, socioeconomic status or relationship between caregiver and care recipient.
Findings from this study may provide a foundation for designing effective programs and services for the rapidly growing Hispanic population in the United States.