African American Stroke Survivors: More Caregiving Time, but Less Caregiving Burden

A MiCDA Researcher publication abstract

Skolarus, Lesli E., Vicki Freedman, Chunyang Feng, and James F. Burke. 2017. "African American Stroke Survivors: More Caregiving Time, but Less Caregiving Burden." Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, 10(2).

Blacks have higher stroke incidence and experience greater poststroke disability than whites. To optimize care for stroke survivors, it is important to understand the amount of care that they receive and the implications for stroke caregivers. Data from the NHATS and the NSOC on elderly stroke survivors and their caregivers were used to compare hours of care received and unmet activity need among black and white stroke survivors. We then performed racial comparisons of positive and negative aspects of caregiving reported by caregivers of black and white stroke survivors. Black stroke survivors were more likely than white stroke survivors to have a caregiver and to receive on average more hours of help per week. We found little racial difference in unmet need for assistance. We found caregivers of black stroke survivors reported more positive aspects of caregiving than caregivers of white stroke survivors, but no racial differences in negative aspects of caregiving, depression, or anxiety.


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