[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Caregivers might represent an opportunity to improve cardiovascular disease outcomes, but prospective data are limited. We studied 3,188 consecutive patients (41% minority, 39% women) admitted to a university hospital medical cardiovascular service to evaluate the association between having a caregiver and rehospitalization/death at 1 year. The clinical outcomes at 1 year were documented using a hospital-based clinical information system supplemented by a standardized questionnaire. Co-morbidities were documented by hospital electronic record review. At baseline, 13% (n = 417) of the patients had a paid caregiver and 25% (n = 789) had only an informal caregiver. Having a caregiver was associated with rehospitalization or death at 1 year (odds ratio [OR] 1.68, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.45 to 1.95), which varied by paid (OR 2.46, 95% CI 1.96 to 3.09) and informal (OR 1.40, 95% CI 1.18 to 1.65) caregiver status. Having a caregiver was significantly (p <0.05) associated with age ≥65 years, racial/ethnic minority, lack of health insurance, medical history of diabetes mellitus or hypertension, a Ghali co-morbidity index >1, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or taking ≥9 prescriptions medications. The relation between caregiving and rehospitalization/death at 1 year was attenuated but remained significant after adjustment (paid, OR 1.64, 95% CI 1.26 to 2.12; and informal, OR 1.20, 95% CI 1.00 to 1.44). In conclusion, the risk of rehospitalization/death was significantly greater among cardiac patients with caregivers and was not fully explained by the presence of traditional co-morbidities. Systematic determination of having a caregiver might be a simple method to identify patients at a heightened risk of poor clinical outcomes.
The American journal of cardiology 09/2011; 109(1):135-9. · 3.58 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Cardiac caregivers may represent a novel low-cost strategy to improve patient adherence to medical follow-up and guidelines and, ultimately, patient outcomes. Prior work on caregiving has been conducted primarily in mental health and cancer research; few data have systematically evaluated caregivers of cardiac patients. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the patterns of caregiving and characteristics of caregivers among hospitalized patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) to assess disparities in caregiver burden and to determine the potential for caregivers to impact clinical outcomes.
Consecutive patients admitted to the cardiovascular service line at a university medical center during an 11-month period were included in the Family Cardiac Caregiver Investigation To Evaluate Outcomes (FIT-O) study. Patients (n=4500; 59% white, 62% male, 93% participation rate) completed a standardized interviewer-assisted questionnaire in English or Spanish regarding assistance with medical care, daily activities, and medications in the past year and plans for posthospitalization. In univariate and multiple variable analyses, caregivers were categorized as either paid/professional (eg, nurse/home aide) or nonpaid (eg, family member/friend).
Among CVD patients, 13% planned to have a paid caregiver and 51% a nonpaid caregiver at discharge. Planned paid caregiving was more prevalent among racial/ethnic minority versus white patients (odds ratio, 1.5; 95% confidence interval, 1.2-1.8); planned nonpaid caregiving prevalence did not differ by race/ethnicity. Most nonpaid caregivers were female (78%). Patients who had nonpaid caregivers in the year prior to hospitalization (28%) reported grocery shopping/meal preparation (32%), transport to/arranging doctor visits (30%), and medication adherence/medical needs (25%) as top tasks caregivers assisted with. Following hospitalization, a majority of patients expect nonpaid caregivers, primarily women, to assist with tasks that have the potential to improve CVD outcomes such as medical follow-up, medication adherence, and nutrition, suggesting that these are important targets for caregiver education.
The Journal of cardiovascular nursing 02/2011; 26(4):305-11. · 1.47 Impact Factor