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Office of Geriatrics and Interprofessional Aging Studies

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Interprofessional Aging Studies

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Caregiving Study at Ohio State

Woman helping older adult in wheelchair Do you know of an adult who lives with and cares for another adult with physical disabilities? If so,they could be eligible to participate in an OSU study for caregivers in their situation. OSU researchers are conducting two-hour focus group discussions on caregiving to find the effect on adults who are caregivers of another adult with physical disabilities. The long term goal of this research is to develop innovative and practical ergonomic interventions to reduce the physical demands and related musculoskeletal conditions associated with informal caregiving in the home. Previous studies have been done on paid healthcare workers who work with persons with physical disabilities but this study will focus specifically on the caregiver in the home. Eligible participants in the study must: 1) be a caregiver for an adult family member or friend with a physical disability that affects their mobility; 2) reside with the care recipient; 3) not receive payment for the care you provide; 4) have been providing care for at least three months. The discussion groups will be held at community locations in and around Columbus. Study participants will receive $40.00 for their participation. The Ohio State University Division of Occupational Therapy and School of Allied Medical Professions are conducting this study. For more information, please contact Amy Darragh, (614) 292-1525 or via email at Please feel free to print the attached flier for posting and/or pass this newsletter on to others who may be interested in thestudy.

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