Family Caregivers: Disability, Illness, and Ageing

By Hilary Schofield; Sidney Bloch et al. | Go to book overview

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HEALTH PROMOTION
STRATEGIES
Parallel to our survey research, we explored various interventions to promote the well-being of carers and their relatives. The longitudinal nature of our study allowed us first to identify carers' needs, second to devise strategies to meet those needs, and third to implement and test the effectiveness of those strategies with sub-samples of our survey participants. Each of the strategies has a generic, public health focus and uses existing service systems. That interventions could be tested with a random selection of Victoria's caregivers was a strong aspect of the design of the VCP.The main aims of our interventions were:
to identify what intervention strategies are most likely to improve the well-being of caregivers or groups of caregivers
to facilitate the development and introduction of measures promoting the well-being of caregivers
to evaluate each measure introduced.
In order to identify the strategies we used several sources of information:
consultation with service providers, support groups, researchers and planners
a review of policy related to caregivers and service provision
literature relating to local and overseas interventions
an analysis of ABS survey data on carers of people with disability
results from our exploratory interviews and the 1992 pilot survey.

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