Research on Rural Caregiving

  • R. Turner GoinsEmail author
  • S. Melinda Spencer
  • Joshua C. Byrd
Part of the Caregiving: Research, Practice, Policy book series (CARE)


Caregiving in older adulthood has become an increasingly popular research area in the field of gerontology. In the United States, informal (i.e., unpaid) caregivers of older persons provide an average of 26 h a week of care to friends or family, a statistic that has not changed over the past decade. During this same period of time, the number of informal caregivers in the United States has increased from 3.2 to 3.4 million (Center on an Aging Society, 2005). Using the keyword search term “family caregivers,” there have been over 10,000 articles added to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed database since 1990. Despite this sizeable area of inquiry, only a small effort has been made to fully understand the caregiving experience in the rural context.


Informal Caregiver Informal Support Rural Environment Care Recipient Formal Service 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Turner Goins
    • 1
    Email author
  • S. Melinda Spencer
    • 2
  • Joshua C. Byrd
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Community Medicine and Center on AgingWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA
  2. 2.Department of Health Promotion, Education, and BehaviorUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA
  3. 3.West Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA

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