Framing the Public Health of Caregiving

Division of Human Development and Disability, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd, E-88, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA.
American Journal of Public Health (Impact Factor: 4.23). 03/2007; 97(2):224-8. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2004.059337
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ABSTRACT Caregiving has only recently been acknowledged by the nation as an important topic for millions of Americans. A psychological or sociological approach to care-giving services has been most often applied, with little attention to the population-based public health outcomes of caregivers. We conceptualize caregiving as an emerging public health issue involving complex and fluctuating roles. We contend that caregiving must be considered in the context of life span needs that vary according to the ages, developmental levels, mental health needs, and physical health demands of both caregivers and care recipients.

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