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Clinician Experiences Delivering Dementia Caregiver Support Services During COVID-19

  • Emma D Quach
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    Send correspondence and reprint requests to: Emma D Quach, Ph.D., Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research, VA Bedford Healthcare System (152), 200 Springs Road, Bedford, MA 01730.
    Affiliations
    Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (EDQ), VA Bedford Healthcare System, Bedford, MA

    Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), VA Bedford Healthcare System (EDQ), MA

    Department of Gerontology, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston (EDQ), Boston, MA
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  • Emily Franzosa
    Affiliations
    Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (EF), New York, NY

    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (EF), New York, NY

    Geriatrics Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC), James J. Peters VA Medical Center (EF), Bronx, NY
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  • Lauren R. Moo
    Affiliations
    Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), VA Bedford Healthcare System (EDQ), MA

    Harvard Medical School, Neurology (LRM), Boston, MA
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  • Christine W Hartmann
    Affiliations
    Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research, VA Bedford Healthcare System (CWH), Bedford, MA

    Department of Public Health, Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Lowell (CWH), Lowell, MA
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Published:January 08, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jagp.2021.01.002
      The COVID-19 pandemic caused widespread disruptions across healthcare systems, including for people living with dementia and families who care for them. In particular, the pandemic may have disrupted critical support services for dementia family caregivers who often face significant financial, social, emotional, and physical strain.
      • Feast A
      • Moniz-Cook E
      • Stoner C
      • et al.
      A systematic review of the relationship between behavioral and psychological symptoms (BPSD) and caregiver well-being.
      We examined the extent to which clinicians caring for individuals with dementia in the Veterans Health Administration used telehealth to maintain family caregiver support services through the initial COVID-19 surge. We aimed to inform future efforts to ensure dementia caregivers can access support services during federal emergencies and beyond.
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