#455 Improving Care and Support for Unpaid Caregivers in Ontario: Findings from a Citizen Panel

The event will start on: Nov 04, 01:00pm EST
And will end on: Nov 04, 02:00pm EST

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Winner of the CAHSPR HHR Theme Group Award
presented by the Canadian Health Human Resources Network

This webinar will present findings from a citizen panel convened by the McMaster Health Forum in November 2014, which provided participants an opportunity to share their ideas and experiences related to improving care and support for unpaid caregivers. Panel participants were provided with a citizen brief that summarized in lay language what is known about the underlying problem, three options to address the problem and implementation considerations, and the panel consisted of facilitated deliberations about each of these areas.

During the deliberations, four challenges were consistently raised:

  1. caregivers’ heavy burden can cause anxiety about its impact on their own and other’s health;
  2. financial and employment impacts of caregiving are substantial;
  3. many caregivers don’t know about available services or how to access them; and
  4. caregivers’ roles are not fully recognized or supported.

Two values-related themes emerged with some consistency related to options for addressing the challenges: 1) competence (e.g., educating and training unpaid caregivers to provide optimal care) and 2) empowerment (e.g., supporting unpaid caregivers to become strong advocates for their loved ones and for themselves).

Who should attend?

Policymakers, stakeholders, researchers and students interested in improving care and support for unpaid caregivers.


IMG 3372 option1 colour-for-mikeMichael Wilson, PhD
Mike is the assistant director of the McMaster Health Forum, as well as an assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and a member of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis at McMaster University. His research is focused on supporting the use of research evidence by health system decision-makers, including policymakers and stakeholders such as community-based organizations. Some of Mike’s recent work has focused on conducting syntheses to inform stakeholder dialogues and citizen panels to address a range of pressing policy issues, including improving care and support for unpaid caregivers and integrating care for people with multiple chronic health conditions.

This webinar is in partnership with the Canadian Health Human Resources Network


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