Researchers at the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing strive to support the millions of individuals who provide care to aging family members or friends. Through research for best practices and methods to assist this invisible workforce, experts elevate the role of these caregivers within the larger health care system. Explore the features below to learn more about our research.
Shortly after the Family Caregiving Institute launched, leaders convened more than 50 caregiving experts at a research summit to identify, define and map out the institute’s research priorities. These priorities now guide the institute’s research agenda.
From maintaining a repository of tools for caregiver researchers to studying disparities in advanced illness care, current research at the Family Caregiving Institute seeks to find best practices to support a growing number of family caregivers throughout the U.S.
Many caregiving programs are provided by service agencies, which lack the funding and expertise to conduct evidence-based research that determines the effectiveness of their interventions. The institute’s program and policy evaluation unit, led by Heather M. Young and Janice Bell, bring decades of research expertise to the table. Through qualitative and quantitative methods, they assist agencies in understanding what in their organization works, what does not work and what the implications are for practice and policy.
Family Caregiving Institute faculty represent diversity across various fields of expertise, research and personal experience. Together, they work to include the family caregiver as an essential member of a person’s care team, training them to perform tasks traditionally performed by clinicians and providing tools to support the basic needs of caring for someone in the home.