Utilization Patterns of Caregiver Education and Support Programs

  • Deborah J. Monahan
Part of the Caregiving: Research, Practice, Policy book series (CARE)


This chapter analyzes the utilization patterns of caregiver education and support programs with an emphasis on psychoeducational support groups and respite. An overview of the issues, definitions, conceptual frameworks, and evidence from research and current practice is provided. The structure of utilization patterns reviewed in this chapter includes (1) who attends education and support group programs, (2) what specific interventions are used, (3) implications of attendance at these programs, and (4) their beneficial outcomes. Studies reviewed in this chapter include those that focus on utilization patterns as well as outcome studies that examine utilization. Some of the later include studies of service use such as health-care utilization and cost outcomes. This chapter also discusses the status of educational and supportive interventions for caregivers in the future along with their attendant research, practice, policy, and advocacy implications. Families increasingly are caring for frail older adults with the assistance of community-based education and supportive programs. As more baby boomers enter retirement and become chronically ill over the next several decades, the incidence and prevalence of frail older persons needing supportive educational services will increase (National Alliance for Caregiving-NAC, AARP, & Metlife, 2009; NAC & AARP, 2005).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social WorkSyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA

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