What decisions are made by family caregivers?

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Before decision support can be offered, we need to understand what decisions family caregivers face, which are considered challenging, and what causes the challenge. To address these issues, 100 caregivers were asked to: Indicate decisions faced; Describe challenging decisions; and Describe specific decision making questions. Eighty surveys (80 percent) were returned and used in the analysis. The most prevalent decisions involved nursing home placement, communicating the diagnosis, and driving. The most challenging decisions involved providing care and relocation. The most prevalent question involved the timing of actions. These results will guide the design of decision aids for family caregivers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-119
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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