Caregiver Recognition

Posted on August 7, 2013

The number is staggering. There are 42 million Americans serving as informal caregivers, mostly comprised of family members and friends, to adult patients.  These caregivers take on the responsibility of caregiving added to their daily demands of family, work and social obligations. The need for increased support of these critically important caregivers is well known. A current article in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) calls for greater recognition and inclusion of caregivers in care management, planning and transitional care.  Clearly, it is imperative that physicians and other health care providers incorporate the input and wisdom of caregivers into the delivery of patient care in order to improve the efficiency and quality of care.