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Factors that influence state policies for caregivers of patients with chronic kidney disease and how to impact them.

Authors
  • Schrauf, Christine M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nephrology nursing journal : journal of the American Nephrology Nurses' Association
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2011
Volume
38
Issue
5
Identifiers
PMID: 22032000
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

When individuals with chronic kidney disease require ongoing assistance with activities of daily living and disease management, the consistent care provided by family caregivers often averts the need for institutional placement These caregivers may experience physical and mental burden when supports are not in place to provide occasional help and relief In some states, public programs have been developed to provide assistance to family caregivers, such as respite care, caregiver training, and tax credits. However, policies among the states are not consistent. This study identified factors that have influenced the development of family caregiver-friendly policies and programs in two study states, Connecticut and New Jersey. The case study method used in this research utilized data from informant interviews, document review, and observation of select meetings and hearings to identify 11 factors or themes that impacted public policy development benefiting family caregivers. Two primary factors, state fiscal environment/philosophy and advocacy, were found to be critical to the policymaking process. Based on these findings, specific measures are described that nephrology nurses can take to help influence adoption of policies benefiting caregivers. In addition, information to help caregivers access available programs through agencies, organizations, and informational Web sites is identified.

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