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Caregivers sought for Parkinson’s study

February 10, 2016

Maryann Abendroth is conducting research on those who care for family members with Parkinson’s disease.

Researchers at Northern Illinois University are studying the impact on family members who are providing care for persons with Parkinson’s disease. The study focuses on determining caregivers’ risk for strain and physical illness.

Assistant professor of nursing Maryann Abendroth is the principal investigator for this study. She says it is crucial to give voice to caregivers because their needs must be addressed. “They are often vulnerable to illness and may be at risk for strain but not realize it due to their focus on the needs of the person with Parkinson’s disease.”  Better assessment of caregiver well-being can help health care providers address the needs of the caregiver.

With funding from the American Nurses Foundation, this study is well underway; however, the research team is seeking additional caregivers to participate in the study.

Eligible participants:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Caring for and living in the same household as the person with Parkinson’s disease
  • Having access to the internet

The only obligation is completion of an online survey that will take approximately 15-20 minutes. All responses are confidential and names are not identified.

If you are interested in participating, please visit this link to learn more and to take the online survey that is connected to a secure site.

Please share this information with others who may wish to participate.