A new study conducted by researchers from The Ohio State University offers guidance to informal caregivers that may help reduce their risk of contracting injuries leading to chronic pain and discomfort. In the US, an estimated 42.1 million unpaid, informal caregivers provide support valued at more than $450 billion to adults, usually family members, with various disabilities. Study authors depict their work as a first look at which tasks may carry the highest risk of injury, and may inform development of interventions to protect these high-burden individuals.
The pilot study results, published in the Journal of Applied Gerontology, are being used to develop and test an intervention protocol that is efficient, cost effective, and flexible, and can be used across multiple diagnoses and care environments. The Ohio State team is currently validating the protocol and hopes to test it in a larger population in 2015. A news report, with link to the study abstract, may be read here.