Aging, Community and Health Research Group (ACHRU)

McMaster University


Research Brief: Health Links Caregiver Evaluation Study

ACHRU researchers explored the experiences of caregivers of Health Links (HL) patients.  HL was launched by the Ontario Government to integrate care for patients with complex health and social care needs who were high users of hospital and emergency services.

Researchers found:

  • Informal caregivers (e.g. family members) of Health Links (HL) patients experience significant strain, anxiety, and depressive symptoms
  •  Many caregivers face work/life disruption in order to support their loved one
  • Caregivers recommend improvements to assist with identifying and addressing their needs such as more help with navigating the health and social care system, improved caregiver supports like respite relief and specialized training for personal support workers (PSWs) in dementia care

Click here to read about this study and the research briefon our website.

Published on: January 31, 2018

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