Several recent research studies show that healthcare professionals have greater appreciation for family caregivers but are still reluctant to fully embrace them as partners in care. The cordial distance they maintain can make many family caregivers feel marginalized. In this workshop, a primary care provider, a behavioral health provider specializing in family caregiving, and a family caregiver of a patient with complex health needs will discuss ways that the collaborative healthcare team can engage, support and empower family caregivers as valued and integral team members with specific duties as observers and implementers of care plans.
- Review findings from four recent research studies on physician-family caregiver interactions
- Identify time-efficient and reimbursable means for integrated team members to collaborate with the family caregivers of complex patients
- Define 5 means by which integrated team members can engage, support and empower family caregivers to conduct specific healthcare duties