As lifespans have lengthened and acute illnesses become chronic conditions, the need for formal and informal caregiving has grown dramatically. Caregiving relationships can represent a significant investment for the caregiver, and individuals can face significant strain related to caregiving.
To address the issues and challenges facing caregivers, as well as the state of caregiving science and its impact on policy to address these issues, NINR and partners brought together researchers, advocates, healthcare providers, educators, and others interested in the science of caregiving for "The Science of Caregiving: Bringing Voices Together" Summit, held August 7 and 8, 2017.
Recently, Dr. Marguerite Littleton-Kearney, Director, NINR Division of Extramural Science Programs, and Dr. Patricia A. Grady, Director, NINR, co-authored a Nursing Outlook editorial summarizing the Summit and the role of research in addressing issues related to caregiving.
The authors note in the editorial, "This caregiving summit taps into a strong societal health challenge, catalyzes an essential conversation, and provides guideposts for moving forward as caregiving occupies an even more central part of the health-care landscape."