The Differential Effects of Caregiving Intensity on Overnight Hospitalization.

TitleThe Differential Effects of Caregiving Intensity on Overnight Hospitalization.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsMeyer, K, Gassoumis, Z, Wilber, KH
JournalWestern Journal of Nursing Research
ISSN Number1552-8456
KeywordsCaregiving, Dementia, Health Services, hospitalizations, Policy


p>This study aims to examine how caregiving for a spouse affects caregivers' likelihood of overnight hospitalization. Using data from the Health and Retirement Study, we examine the odds of spousal caregivers experiencing an overnight hospitalization in the previous two years according to caregiving status, intensity, and change in caregiving intensity. Caregivers were no more likely to experience an overnight hospitalization than noncaregivers ( = .92; CI [.84, 1.00]). Effects varied by intensity of care. Compared to noncaregivers, caregivers who reported providing no assistance with activities of daily living were less likely to experience overnight hospitalization ( = .77; CI [.66, .89]); however, caregivers who provided care to someone living with dementia for 4 to <6 years had 2.11 times the odds of experiencing an overnight hospitalization (CI [1.16, 3.85]). Although caregivers overall experience overnight hospitalization at a similar rate as noncaregivers, there are differences between caregivers by the intensity of care.

Citation Key11524
PubMed ID33764207
PubMed Central IDPMC8463626