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Title:Information behavior of rural dementia caregivers over the course of counseling interventions
Author(s):Kazmer, Michelle M.; Glueckauf, Robert L.; Ma, Jinxuan; Schettini, Gabriel; Silva, Michelle
Subject(s):Dementia Caregivers
Information Use Environments
Health Information Behavior
Qualitative Health Research
Health Informatics
Information Behavior
Qualitative Data Analysis
Abstract:This poster reports findings from an analysis of 81 qualitative interviews with rural dementia caregivers who participated in two research projects that evaluated cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) problem-solving interventions designed to help them manage their caregiving and reduce depression. The research questions posed in this analysis are: (RQ1) How do rural dementia caregivers who have participated in a CBT program interact with the information around them and available to them? (RQ2) How do these caregivers manage, explicitly or tacitly, their information needs and uses? The analysis demonstrates similarities and differences in information behaviors and information environments across the caregivers; for example that physical information artifacts are important to different caregivers for varied reasons, and that religious communities fulfill multiple information-related roles. The findings demonstrate the importance of accounting for the unique constraints on older caregivers in designing interventions to improve and support their caregiving experiences. Creating links among people, such as connecting caregivers to similar others facing similar challenges, and providing them with a structure to allow them to focus on their goals, appear critical to the success of such interventions.
Issue Date:2013-02
Citation Info:Kazmer, M. M., Glueckauf, R. L., Ma, J., Schettini, G., & Silva, M. (2013). Information behavior of rural dementia caregivers over the course of counseling interventions. iConference 2013 Proceedings (pp. 844-848). doi:10.9776/13430
Genre:Conference Poster
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Rights Information:Copyright © 2013 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-02-03

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