Nursing Solutions: Improving Caregiver Strain through Science and Model Interventions

Overview: Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic, progressive neurologic disorder, with a disease trajectory of decades in many cases. Research over the last 15-20 years, shows that the gradual loss of patient autonomy has a negative impact on the life of the caregiver resulting in decreased mental and physical health and a decline in quality of life. Utilizing existing research, this online seminar will provide a framework for assessing caregiver strain and identifying potential interventions. One model intervention will be described, i.e. the use of PHOTOVOICE to assist caregivers in talking about difficult issues they face.

Julie Carter, MS, RN, ANP
Professor of Neurology
Oregon Health Sciences University
Portland, OR

Joyce Bredesen, DNP, PHN, RN
Associate Professor
Metropolitan State University
St. Paul, MN

March 27, 2018