Family Caregiving

Family caregivers provide long-term care and are often the primary source of physical, social, and emotional support for patients. Depending on the responsibility assigned, caregivers have been classified as primary caregivers if they are mainly responsible for providing and/or assisting with the care recipients’ activities of daily living or secondary caregivers if they assist in caregiving or provide support to a care recipient but are not primarily responsible for the day-to-day care or decisions regarding that care. It is important to note that secondary caregivers are critical to the network of support for primary caregivers.

Quality of life

Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is a multi-dimensional concept that includes domains related to physical, mental, emotional, and social functioning. It goes beyond direct measures of population health, life expectancy, and causes of death, and focuses on the impact health status has on quality of life. A related concept of HRQoL is well-being, which assesses the positive aspects of a person’s life, such as positive emotions and life satisfaction. [US Department of Health and Human Services, HealthyPeople.gov]

Nursing Science and Practice

The Center for Quality Outcomes and Research, in collaboration with the PSJHC NRC, supports nurses at all levels in the development and conduct of research. Nursing science is the systematically developed knowledge of the discipline of nursing, which encompasses what nursing is and what nurses do (Cody, 1997).